For quite some time, dogs have been deployed to detect landmines, explosives, drugs, and other contraband. These “sniffer” dogs have proven their worth in nearly all the locations they have been dispatched. However, they will soon be joined by an entirely new species. Rats in Africa, who have so far been hated for their obsession with wanton destruction of food and furniture, apart from being a carrier of diseases, are being trained to sniff out landmines and tuberculosis.
APOPO – which stands for Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling in Dutch, or Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development in English – is an organization that trains and deploys rats. Named as HeroRATS, these rodents are deployed for detection of abandoned landmines as well as cases of tuberculosis, reportedIrish Mirror.