The ship or common rat (Rattus rattus) is one of the three rat species in New Zealand. Introduced by Europeans, it has decimated native birds and insects. As a good tree-climber it eats eggs, young birds and a wide range of native fruits and plants. The Department of Conservation has managed to eradicate this pest on some small offshore islands, allowing bird and animal life to recover.
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