Mandy the African pouch rat is off to discover if she’s good enough to join an elite team of landmine detecting rats.Bomb-sniffing rats could save thousands around the world from death and dismemberment every year.
APOPO, a Belgian NGO that has been training giant African pouched rats to detect landmines, thinks it can make this dream a reality.
Their noses are close to the wet grass, darting from side to side, as they try to detect explosives buried just beneath the ground.
Each rat is responsible for clearing a 200-square-meter patch of land.They respond only to the scent of explosives, so scrap metal doesn’t slow them down Their eyesight is terrible. But their sense of smell is extraordinary.