Mandela's jail overrun by rabbits

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South Africa's Robben Island is to be closed for two weeks while authorities cull rabbits that have overrun the site where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

The rabbits are so numerous that they threaten the island's vegetation and historic buildings, an official said.

Mr Mandela, who became South Africa's president after the end of apartheid, was held on Robben Island for 18 years.

The UN World Heritage site has become one of the country's most famous tourist attractions.

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