Mice recently airdropped on Guam were highly toxic to their predators as they were pumped full of Tylenol. The mice were airdropped on the island paradise as food offerings for the Brown Snake. This airdrop is an attempt to eradicate the snake from the island paradise of Guam, according to KPLR 11.com on Dec. 3.
The Brown Snake has devastated the island’s native bird population and the slithering creatures have caused millions of dollars in damages to Guam’s electrical infrastructure. The U.S. Government stepped in and offered poisoned mice to the snakes for their dinner.
The mice have caused problems for the U.S. Air Force Bases on Guam and the residents of the island since the 1950s. In recent years the population of the Brown Snake has exploded and according to the latest estimates Guam has 13,000 Brown Snakes per square mile in some areas.
The government has embarked on numerous plans to control the population of this snake, but nothing seems to work. The U.S. Government’s latest strategy of airdropping the Tylenol laced mice into Guam took place over the weekend. They believe this is the remedy that will work for controlling this snake problem.
Scientists discovered that the Brown Snake can die from ingesting acetaminophen, which is the key ingredient in Tylenol. So pumping the mice full of this poison and dropping the mice into the areas saturated with these snakes should grant the island one massive snake-die off.
There’s no word on how this strategy is working, but it has only been a few day since the mice rained down upon Guam. The U.S. Government dropped the mice on Sunday. Will PETA have something to say about this? This entails not one, but two creatures that are basically dying from a man-made population control strategy.