Monday, November 8, 2010

Tuesday's Show & Tail - Smell a Rat? or - a BOMB?!?

I'm joining in Tuesdays' Show & Tail at West Virginia Treasures.  You can link in too, with any pet or animal stories and photos.  Go to Angela's blog to sign in, and visit the other participants to see what they've posted today!  Be sure to read her rules, and visit the other participants!

Giant African pouch rats are performing a serious task: sniffing out deadly landmines.
The rats weigh between 0.7 and 1.5 kilograms and measure 30 to 40 centimeters in length, excluding the tail.
They are especially suited for mine detection because they have to use their sense of smell to locate their food supplies, which they store underground. They’re also easily motivated by food as a reward and are nocturnal, so they tend to be easy to manage during the day.
It takes two human “deminers” a full day to clear a 200-square-meter minefield. With the help of a couple of pouch rats, they can finish the job in 90 minutes. So far, the rats “have helped re-open almost two million square meters of land” in Mozambique.
The cost of fully training each rat at about $8,400.
Oh, and they only work Monday through Friday. On weekends, they play.



10 comments:

Peanut said...

What smart rats!

Angela said...

Hey Monica!

That is so interesting! I didn't know that they used rats to find minefields. Incredible!

Tuesdays' Show & Tail!
Angela

Home In The Hollow said...

OMG! I'm not sure if I like that...but I guess it's better than dogs doing the dirty work...:)JP

farmlady said...

Amazing! I have never heard of such a thing. This is so cool.
It's about time we gave rats a fair shake. This should do wonders for their reputations.

Annesphamily said...

Wow! That is amazing! I am always leaning something new when I blog hop. Thanks for sharing with us today. Anne

Chatty Crone said...

I agree with the others - they are amazing and I didn't know all that either. sandie

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Good heavens!

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

WOW! Who would have ever thought a rat could be worth something....not me thats amazeing. Trish

Verde Farm said...

What a cool post! Had no idea and so glad you shared this. Important rats for sure!!
Amy

Rose said...

this is so weird, but if it helps ok. rose