Rats hunt land mines


Here’s another rat story but with a positive spin instead of the ending up at the wrong end of a pitch fork. In thailand rats have been train to hunt land mines. Particularly on the border with burma where humans and elephants have had a lot casualties. In Tanzania they have been very successful so thailand is trying the same.

“Rats have excellent senses of smell and weigh too little to set off land mines with their bodies, making them the perfect alternative to using robots or humans to find mines in war-torn countries. Plus, they like to socialize, are easy to train, and are motivated almost entirely by food. HeroRATs have already found 861 land mines in Tanzania and Mozambique, allowing trained technicians to destroy the mines before they can harm local residents.”

from Good.

 
People: Jon Cohrs
Research: Open Culture
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