Heroic and cute, landmine-detecting super rats!

Isaac. The Story of a Little Giant. Heroic and cute, the landmine-detecting super rats!

"... These rats defy stereotypes: they’re friendly and cute, but most importantly they save human lives. Thanks to their remarkable sense of smell, African giant pouched rats are used to detect explosives. Trained in Tanzania, these clever rodents are sent to countries where landmines left over from war threaten local populations.

To find out exactly how these tiny saviours are trained, RTD visits APOPO, a Tanzanian NGO, which breeds them. From cradle through basic and advanced training, before a delicate operation in mine-infested Cambodia, we follow the fortunes of Isaac, a giant pouched rat. So, has Isaac got what it takes to find the treacherous killers before it’s too late? ..."

From http://science.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=20438557&cid=62095431.

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