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    Default Land Mine Sniffing Rats.....

    Are saving lives in the most badass way.









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    Everyone’s least favorite rodent has been tasked with cleaning up the lethal leftovers of war. Land mines kill thousands every year, but these rats have been trained to save lives by sniffing out the scent of explosives. The group responsible for training the rodents is APOPO – which stands for Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling in Dutch, or Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development in English.
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    Using positive reinforcement that is respectful to the animals, these African pouched rats are taught to identify explosives and then alert their handler.
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    They’re perfect for the job – they’re highly intelligent and have a keen sense of smell. They are small enough not to trigger mines, yet large enough to be easily identifiable in the field. No rat has been killed in a minefield.
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    They can clear two hundred square meters in just 20 minutes. It would take humans with metal detectors five days to cover the same area.
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    Since 2000, they have found over 9,000 buried land mines and bombs all across Tanzania and Mozambique. They’ve also found thousands of small arms and ammunitions stashed in the ground.
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    The rats normally live for up to eight years, but are retired when they turn six. They live out the rest of their days as hero’s, munching on avocados, apples and bananas, and being loved on by their handlers.


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    nope nope nope. i love animals, but the only good rat, is a dead rat.
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    What brave little sweethearts! .. they are so cute, and full on little tough guys n girls.

    How awesome
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    Those rats are enormous. KILL IT!!!
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    My take on this story is, they're doing something very useful and saving lives. This should be publicized more, the rats and their handlers should be given a trophy for this.

    The rats even have a retirement plan.
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    They are so cute with their little harnesses on!
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    Use Kardashians instead.
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    amazing. as a disarmament nerd, i can't get enough of this.
    i love rats and these ones are so fucking cute with their little harnesses. i want one. yeah, i know. but i even think the filthy new york subway ones are cute. i'll take a giant rat over a cockroach any day.
    also, APOPO is the best fucking acronym ever.
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    I just popped in to say thank you for correcting the typo in the title, it was driving me nuts.

    Rats give me the creeps.
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    wtf is wrong with some of you, such obvious cuteness and you can't get over your ingrained rat bigotry? Rats are awesome, deal with it.
    Gotdamn adorable, the little hands, cheeks, clothes, ack!
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    Nah man. It's their tails, all naked and furless. *shudder* Gah.
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    And that whole thing with killing half of Europe...
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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    And that whole thing with killing half of Europe...
    Dealbreaker to the nth degree.
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    Either the handlers are tiny people or those rats are fucking GINORMOUS!
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    y'all are crazy. those demining rats are sooooo cuuuuuute i just can't handle it.
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