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Why Are Mice Parachuting Onto Guam? [VIDEO]

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The US Agriculture Department’s method of fighting snakes on the island of Guam is nothing short of genius. The brown tree snakes are an invasive species causing millions of dollars in damage to electric systems and the bird population.

How are they doing it? Parachuting mice! The rodents are dead before they’re packed and dropped from a helicopter into the trees where the snakes hunt. The mice are packing a deadly present for the snakes: a little dose of Tylenol.

The OTC pain medication is poisonous to snakes. The Agriculture Department is hopeful the problems Guam is experiencing with the brown tree snakes will soon be over.

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