South Africa’s Robben Island overwhelmed by rabbits

One of South Africa’s most famous tourist spots, Robben Island, will be closed for two weeks starting November 1 because the island has been taken over by, um, rabbits?

The island, known as the site of most of Nelson Mandela’s 27-year imprisonment and now a UN World Heritage site, has been infiltrated by thousands of rabbits who are reeking havoc on the vegetation, which threatens the livelihoods of many of the island’s other four-legged inhabitants.

To combat the problem, a group of veterinarians are planning a “humane culling” of the rabbits, which includes coaxing the majority of them into cages and then giving them lethal injections.

Will they at least be offered a last meal?

More here.