The State of Things
10:08 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Enormous African Rats Detect Landmines Across The Continent

APOPO HeroRAT tea egg training. Dammies trainee HeroRAT swaps a tea egg containing a sample of TNT he has just found for a banana treat
Credit / APOPO


Most Americans think of rats as nuisances to be trapped and destroyed. But in Tanzania, giant pouched rats use their acute sense of smell to detect landmines and other explosives. Dr. Danielle Lee is an animal behavior scientist based at Oklahoma State University and she researches the African giant pouched rat. 

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