Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Landmine Detector

In many countries in Africa and elsewhere landmine kill and severly hurt people long after a conflict is solved. Furthermore, they make land unfarmable and unlivable. Thus, in addition to the obvious danger of them, they are also increasing the poverty in many areas.

The little fellow in the image above is an African Pouched rat, he is trying to help solve these problems. After training theses small animals are doing excellent work in finding landmines that can later be defused. The training of rats is very cost efficient compared to mine-sniffing dogs; training a rat this way costs about a third of what it costs to train a dog. Hopefully, they can keep up their work and save lifes.

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