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PostSubject: Sniffer rats   Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:13 am

Femi and other rats are trained to find land mines by the Belgian-Tanzanian APOPO company, based in the Tanzanian city of Morogoro. The animals are tested and accredited in accordance with international standards. They have to score one hundred percent before being certified and deployed in land mine-ridden countries like Mozambique. During the country's civil war, which ended in 1992, approximately half a million landmines were laid, half of which have been cleared by now.

“Rats are much faster in detecting mines than humans,” reveals Hannah Ford of APOPO. “In twenty minutes a rat can search an area of one hundred square meters for land mines; a de-miner would need a full day.” None of the rats weigh more than one and a half kilo, far too light to detonate a landmine.


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PostSubject: Re: Sniffer rats   Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:14 am

Very clever animal, it is just the tail that I don't like x
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PostSubject: Re: Sniffer rats   Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:16 am

Wow...that is clever!!!
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