These rats are also becoming useful in some areas for detecting land mines, as their acute sense of smell is very effective in detecting explosives, and they are small enough to not detonate any of the mines. The rats are being trained by APOPO, a non-profit social venture based in Tanzania.Video via Nothing To Do With Arbroath.
APOPO is also training the rats to detect tuberculosis by sniffing sputum samples; the rats can test many more samples than a scientist using more traditional methods. Land mine and tuberculosis sniffing rats are called HeroRATs.
24 July 2011
Giant pouched rat
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