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This Island Looks Beautiful from Space, But on Land it’s A Different Story

From above, this tiny island looks like a peaceful haven, but its inhabitants feel otherwise.

Ann Moises

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Last June 11, 2015, an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station took an incredible photograph of Adele—a stunning tropical island situated in the Indian Ocean.

From above, the 24.5 kilometer-long pristine white sandbank that surrounds the 2.9 kilometer-long island looks like a gigantic sea creature swimming in the aqua blue waters. Adele island appears like a peaceful piece of tropical paradise from NASA’s satellite image; however, its inhabitants are far from feeling tranquil.

Adele island looks stunning from outer space.

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Photo credit: NASA

But this island off the coast of Western Australia is plagued by approximately 8,000 mischievous Polynesian rats.

These Polynesian rats are called Pacific rats, Kiore, or Maori rats.

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Photo credit: Teara

These rodents eat the eggs of some of the 24,000 nesting birds that live on the small island.

Including the lesser frigate

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And brown boobies.

Flock of Brown Boobies, Adele Island

The Queensland government assume that these rodents may have arrived aboard the fishing vessels that came from Indonesia in 1891.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Company, the Department of Conservation and Land Management have tried to eradicate these rodents back in 2004. They’ve set at least 10,000 toxic baits, but the project was unsuccessful.

In 2011, the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Center released a flyer indicating that the problem still exists. As of today, these rats still infest several Australian islands. Fortunately, the mainland remains rodent-free.

H/T: The Weather Network, The Weather Channel, Earth Observatory

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Your Cat Will Never Get Stuck On Trees Again With This Awesome Overhead Cat Playground

This overhead cat playground by Goldtatze will keep your cat busy indoors.

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When designing and decorating a home, we want to make sure that everything falls into the right places. On top of ensuring our security, we want a dwelling place to look awesome and feel comfortable at the same time - but what about our pet cats?

Yes, you should likewise take your furry friend's needs into consideration as you go through the process of home planning. Unlike dogs who are usually content with lying around the dog house or walking around your room, cats are, well, a little more adventurous.

In fact, cats have the tendency to climb windows, furniture, appliances, and worse - the nearby trees. And when they do climb a tall tree, they'll possibly end up stuck there and you'll have to make that embarrassing call to the local firemen for help.

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Fishing Buddies Rescue Kittens Abandoned In The Warrior River

These guys just changed the meaning of catfishing!

Grace Alviar Viray

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Jason Frost and Brandon Key were just out fishing in the Warrior River on Alabama on August 29, 2015. It was just another usual fishing day until they caught something that caught them by surprise: kittens!

In the beginning of the video, Jason was totally shocked when he saw two kittens swimming towards their boat. He then leaned over to pick one of them out of the river. A few seconds after, another kitten followed, which Jason also rescued.

The place where they found the kittens was clearly a remote area. There was no way the kittens could have gone there by themselves. Jason assumes that the poor kittens were intentionally left there by some heartless person.

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Wild Seal Asks Diver For Belly Rub And Responds Just Like A Puppy

Just like dogs, this particular seal also enjoyed getting belly rubs.

Mini Malabanan

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An underwater video shows an amazing encounter between a thrill-seeking diver and an Atlantic grey seal.

Gary Grayson, the 55-year-old diver from Salford, United Kingdom was out diving in the Isles of Scilly in 2012 when a seal approached him and reach for his hand.

But the seal clearly wanted something more and it was totally unexpected. Apparently, the cute fellah wanted a belly rub.

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