Rats Help Colombia Sniff Out Deadly Landmines

Rats Help Colombia Sniff Out Deadly Landmines

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brown rat - Natl Park Service photo11 white-furred rats are in the final stages of a training program to find landmines that kill or injure hundreds of people each year in conflict-wracked Colombia.

The government project, which began in 2006, trains specially bred rats to detect the metals used in landmines, thousands of which have been laid during the country’s decades-long conflict with left-wing guerrillas.

 

(READ the full Reuters story in MSNBC)

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