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Grass planted to help rat colony in Riverside County

January 18, 2012 | 12:57 pm

Rat

A year ago, 150 Stephen's kangaroo rats were relocated to the open spaces of southwestern Riverside County. Mountain lion urine was sprinkled about to keep predators away.

But rats need sustenance, too. They like grass.

So 1,000 4-inch-tall grass seedlings were planted this week by workers for the San Diego Zoo's Global Wildlife Conservancy as part of its bring-back-the-rat program at the Southwest Riverside County Multi-Species Preserve.

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--Tony Perry in San Diego

 Photo: Stephen's kangaroo rat. Credit: San Diego Zoo

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