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Chris Merkord

Olfactory trick keeps rats away from native birds

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Rats' keen sense of smell can be exploited to dramatically reduce the frequency of attacks on native birds, providing a possible technique to protect vulnerable species, a new study suggests.

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Photo: When black rats tracked the smell of potential prey species and found no live prey, they effectively lost interest in the bird odour after around three days. Credit: UNSW

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