Skin-crawling footage has shown a sea of mice writhing around a makeshift trap amid the devastating rodent plague sweeping Australia.
Rural parts of Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia are currently facing one of the worst plagues in decades with crops and livelihoods ruined.
Footage has previously swept the internet of the mice “raining from the skies” and farmers have reported that the rodents have started “eating each other”.
Now, new horrifying video has emerged showing the sheer scale facing people across the country.
Sarah Pye, a farmer from Dubbo in central New South Wales, created the trap by setting up a ramp inside one of her shipping containers to force the mice to fall into a large tub of water and drown.
In the clip she shared on Facebook, thousands of the mice can be seen writhing around in the water.
Plenty more scurry about on the ramp while, in the shipping container, their frantic movement makes them look like ants.
Sarah’s video has been seen more than 290,000 times since being shared on May 18.
The sight unsurprisingly left viewers horrified, with one writing: “Omg, I am a quivering mess.”
Another commented: “If I was there not sure if I would be screaming or vomiting more.”
A third added: “I know it must be done, but its a little bit sad to see them drowning on top of one another.”
The plague has been affecting parts of Australia for more than six months and has seen schools, homes and hospitals overrun.
Farmers have lost a huge chunk of their income with their crops destroyed and entire towns have become suffocated by the pungent smell left by the rodents.
Residents have even found themselves woken up by the mice biting their feet – or crawling across their faces.
The infestation is believed to have been caused by unusually heavy summer rains following years of drought.
Mice thrive when there is more food and moisture and this year’s breading season has lasted through summer and into autumn because of the rain.
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