Bangladesh honored a humble farmer yesterday who personally slaughtered 83,450 rats.
Mokhairul Islam, 40, was awarded a 14-inch color television as first prize in a national rat-killing contest that resulted in the death of millions of rats in one short month.
Islam was meticulous in his rat-killing, saving up the tails as proof of his impressive tally.
Bangladesh faces chronic food shortages, importing 3 million tons of food annually. Officials at the Ministry of Agriculture estimate that rats destroy up to 2 million tons of food each year.