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Defenceless
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📸 by @natgeo_southafrica

This juvenile grey-headed albatross was left severely wounded after being attacked by invasive mice on Marion Island.

Albatross chicks sit unguarded for 7 months while their parents go out and hunt for food, swinging by maybe once a week to drop off something to eat.

The mice come out at night.

Having never dealt with these attacks, the birds have no defenses. They are kept awake by the mice gnawing on their heads all night and spend their days exhausted, trying to recover from their injuries.

It might only take a couple nights of this to kill the bird.

The full @natgeo article will be up in our Story if you’re interested.