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Much like the heroic vermin in Disney’s second-tier kiddiefest, The Rescuers, mice have been asked to save the day. Their mission: Fly to Guam to combat the brown tree snake, a mildly venomous non-native invader. It seems the sinister serpent has driven several native species to the brink of extinction, and nothing but a well-timed rodent intervention will stave off disaster.
Because the brown tree snake is arboreal, the action will take place in the canopy high above the jungle floor. The US Navy has equipped the mouse militia with tiny parachutes, and plans to drop them over Guam in a scene reminiscent of the 1944 Normandy Invasion.
Such a novel and daring campaign can’t help but evoke comparisons to a Hollywood blockbuster. In sharing so many qualities with The Rescuers, this operation differs from the film in only two minor details: in real life the airborne Rescuers are dead and saturated with snake-killing toxins.