The littlest rat catchers: New Zealand schoolchildren trap and kill 600 pests in 100 days

The littlest rat catchers: New Zealand schoolchildren trap and kill 600 pests in 100 days

In a tiny school on the southern-most tip of New Zealand, the children are lining up their kill. Big brown rats with long tails, their stomaches caked in blood. Smaller rats, stiff from the refrigerator, tails in a tangle. The children happily pass the rodents around with bare hands, proud of last night’s catch – and fixed on the goal of eradicating rodents from the surrounding forests. This small island school at Halfmoon Bay on Rakiura/Stewart Island recently unleashed its …