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Ecuador could soon lead in anti-rat race

It is said that you’re never more than 10 feet away from a rat. Until recently, the animal residents of Rábida in the Galapagos might confidently have made this claim. But the island – all 5 square kilometers of it – is now officially rat-free. It is the latest success in the Galapagos National Park’s against-the-odds effort to eradicate invasive rodents from the entire archipelago by 2020, and place Ecuador at the top of the world’s rat-eradication league. 

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