Thursday, August 10, 2006

Rats trained to detect landmines in Africa

Experts in Mozambique have trained rats to detect landmines to help save human lives. The new mine detecting team hope to clear the country of landmines by 2009.

2 comments:

rraven said...

Poor rats. Why should the rats bother to help people? (Unless they're keeping some of the mines)

Seriously, rats are smarter than most peole give them credit for. And a lot more forgiving than most people, too.

Where do you find these great stories???

Paul said...

That is a remarkable idea. The rats are small enough to traverse the minefield at little risk to themselves and smart enough to detect the mine. I have heard of rodents trained to detect narcotics, so it seems to make sense to train them to detect explosives.