Monday, 10 October 2011

Rats Trained to de-mine Mozambique and Tanzania

Dutch Non governmental organisation APOPO trained giant rats to detect landmines.The sniffer rats have an acute sense of smell and are small enough not to detonate the mines. Every time they detect explosive, they make a clicking sound and receive a bit of banana as a reward.Rats trained under the scheme have already helped clear large swathes of land in mine-infested Mozambique.

What happens if the landmines end up killing the rats. Animal rights activist PETA will not be happy with this scheme (rats being trained to detect dangerous land mines).Hmmmmmm


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