Owls to tackle rodents in South Africa

Officials hope the local community will use barn owls to address a growing rodent problem in Johannesburg.

    The South African city of Johannesburg has found a new way to fight its growing rat problem, bringing in owls to tackle the rodents.

    But this is not easy in a society where the owl is associated with witchcraft.

    School teachers in South Africa are trying to change attitudes. 

    Officials hope children will eventually convince their parents barn owls are useful in the community. 

    Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports from Johanessburg.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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