Rabbits overrun Mandela's former prison

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - October 15, 2008

South Africa's former president was imprisoned on Robben Island for 18 years and it's one of the country's most famous tourist sites.

Robben Island Museum interim chief executive Seeland Naidoo says there is no alternative but to implement a "humane culling program" in conjunction with local animal welfare groups.

He says there are so many rabbits they threaten to permanently damage the island's sensitive vegetation and its historical buildings.

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