Ducks. So many ducks.

These guys will dine well on the locust hordes, it seems.


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Pakistan’s locust population might try to call fowl play. An army of 100,000 Chinese ducks could be tasked with battling the insects plaguing Pakistan’s crops, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. 

The birds are “biological weapons” with a serious appetite for locusts — a single duck can eat more than 200 a day, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences researcher Lu Lizhi told the news agency. They could be deployed to Pakistan in the latter half of the year, following a trial in China’s western region of Xinjiang.

The locust infestation is apparently the worst Pakistan has seen in 20 years, and threatens the country’s wheat harvest after ruining its cotton crop last year, according to the Guardian, which cited the Ningbo Evening News. Lu also said ducks are cheaper, more effective and cause less environmental harm than pesticides.

Back in 2000, China sent 30,000 ducks from Zhejiang province to Xinjiang to tackle an infestation of locusts, the BBC noted. Ducks are better locust hunters than chickens because they flock together rather than splitting up, and chickens will only eat around 70 locusts a day.

First published Feb. 27, 4:19 a.m. PT.
Updated 4:38 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.


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