Find A Mine? Send In The Rats

Funniest story of the day

(Washington Times) Tell a New Yorker that rats can save lives and he might consider it an impossible trick for the beady-eyed sewer dwellers.

But for the past 10 years, a group of Belgian researchers based in Tanzania have been training a species of giant African rats to sniff out land mines and unexploded ordnance.

Mr. Weetjens and Apopo hope the creatures, the largest rats by size in the world, will join hand-held metal detectors, armored vehicles and dogs in the effort to detect and remove land mines, which kill or maim as many as 20,000 people a year, according to the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines.

I wonder if we can use them in Iraq and Afghanistan?

This isn’t actually new info, been out there for a couple years, but, hey, summertime is always good for a freaky rat story.

Size of a small to medium cat. Anyone want to raise one

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One Response to “Find A Mine? Send In The Rats”

  1. Ogre says:

    And they’ve got pouches to keep your spare change in.

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