Across the world, African giant-pouched rats are replacing dogs as man’s best friend. For 15 years, Tanzania-based nonprofit APOPO has trained rats to sniff out hidden land mines or life-threatening tuberculosis. Now, APOPO wants to bring its "HeroRATs" from Africa to Asia.    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…

Across the world, African giant-pouched rats are replacing dogs as man’s best friend. For 15 years, Tanzania-based nonprofit APOPO has trained rats to sniff out hidden land mines or life-threatening tuberculosis. Now, APOPO wants to bring its "HeroRATs" from Africa to Asia. 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…

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Hahaha! Thank you James May, for putting things in better perspective. :P

Hahaha! Thank you James May, for putting things in better perspective. :P

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training-rat. An African giant pouched rat from Tanzania. It will be used in the detecting of land mines & Tuberculosis, WOW amazing!!!

training-rat. An African giant pouched rat from Tanzania. It will be used in the detecting of land mines & Tuberculosis, WOW amazing!!!

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Victoria, a 2-year-old rat, sniffs for TNT, sticking her nose high in the air to indicate she's found some. She works her way down a 10-meter line with a handler on either end, and is able to detect the presence of TNT at a distance of approximately half a yard.

Victoria, a 2-year-old rat, sniffs for TNT, sticking her nose high in the air to indicate she's found some. She works her way down a 10-meter line with a handler on either end, and is able to detect the presence of TNT at a distance of approximately half a yard.

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From lawn-mowing to land mine detection, animals across the world are joining the work force.

From lawn-mowing to land mine detection, animals across the world are joining the work force.

Directed by Martin Zandvliet.  With Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Laura Bro, Louis Hofmann. A young group of German POWs are made the enemy of a nation, where they are now forced to dig up 2 million land-mines with their bare hands.

Directed by Martin Zandvliet. With Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Laura Bro, Louis Hofmann. A young group of German POWs are made the enemy of a nation, where they are now forced to dig up 2 million land-mines with their bare hands.

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Pretty amazing story about giant pouched rats being taught to detect landmines in Africa.  http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/running-ponies/2014/09/19/these-adorable-giant-african-rats-detect-land-mines-and-tb-for-a-living/

Pretty amazing story about giant pouched rats being taught to detect landmines in Africa. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/running-ponies/2014/09/19/these-adorable-giant-african-rats-detect-land-mines-and-tb-for-a-living/

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Motala, age 50, lost his foot after stepping on a land mine. Thanks to the dedicated workers at the world's only elephant hospital located in Lampang, Thailand, he received a new prosthetic leg.

Motala, age 50, lost his foot after stepping on a land mine. Thanks to the dedicated workers at the world's only elephant hospital located in Lampang, Thailand, he received a new prosthetic leg.

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