RAT, MAORI

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The Maori or native rat (Rattus exulans Peale) was known to the Maoris as kiore. According to tradition, the kiore came to New Zealand from Polynesia in the canoe Horouta, one of the Great Fleet (c. 1350 A.D.). But it would appear that the species reached this country at a considerably earlier period, for rat bones have been found in middens along with moa remains. The kiore soon adapted itself to its new habitat, much to the satisfaction of the Maoris who regarded it as a tasty and very impo...


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