Friday, April 21, 2006

update: Colombian Police Train Rats to Find Mines

Runcho walks on the hand of a police animal trainer at a police school in Sibate, Colombia May 3, 2006. Colombian police are training white-furred, pink-eyed rats to locate landmines in Colombia. Police animal trainers, tired of seeing their explosive-sniffing dogs blown up by stepping on mines, hope the white-furred, pink-eyed creature will make it through upcoming open field tests and then into the Andean country's live mine fields before the end of the year. Picture taken May 3, 2006. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz.

Police train rats to sniff out landmines
SIBATE, Colombia (Reuters) - Her name is Lola and she's at the top of her class of risk-running rodents being trained to sniff out landmines in Colombia, home to the world's highest number of mine-related deaths and injuries last year.

Colombian Police Train Rats to Find Mines
The Associated Press - Friday, April 21, 2006
BOGOTA, Colombia

Watch out Fido, your days on the force may be numbered. Police in Colombia are training Lola and Espejo, two whiskered, red-eyed rats, to sniff out bombs and land mines

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