Island which spent £600,000 getting rid of rats over-run with rabbits

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The last rat was seen on the tiny island of Canna four years ago after specialist pest controllers were brought in from more than 11,000 miles away to deal with the problem.

But now islanders are complaining that the rodent's disappearance has led to thousands of rabbits invading the island because there are no rats to keep their numbers down.

The problem is so bad that locals say historic monuments are being "devastated" by the rabbits and they are devouring the self-sufficient islanders' gardens away.

Even the island's only restaurant has responded to the bounty and put on dishes of rabbit and cranberry with pistachio and rabbit pie in a rosemary and thyme cream sauce.

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