What was supposed to be a routine inspection of a Hong Kong aircraft in Xiamen, Fujian Province over the National Day holidays, turned up 11 rats, the majority of which authorities believe were born aboard the aircraft after the plane stopped at multiple overseas destinations in the last two weeks.
Workers from Xiamen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau found 10 baby rats under the seat of a business class cabin on the plane on September 30. After learning that the rats were newborns, unable to even open their eyes yet, the authorities began searching for their mother, which they found next to the nest the following day.
By October 2, the authorities concluded their inspection, determining that there were no other rats. No viruses were found left behind by the rats either, but the owner of the aircraft was directed to sanitize the plane as a safety measure.
The owner was also relieved to find that the rats had not nibbled through any wires, which could have posed safety threats, said authorities.
Southeast Morning Post