Did you know?: Mongoose threat to Okinawa's ecosystem
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published: August 22, 2018
The mongoose was brought to Okinawa in 1910 by a zoologist under the assumption that the animal would drive out venomous habu snake. One theory says that the zoologist got the idea when he saw a duel between a mongoose and a cobra snake in India. However, it turned out the mammals caused more harm than good by attacking other creatures such as birds. Now, the mammal is considered a threat to the islands’ ecosystem.