Giant rats sniffing out landmines

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  1. nmk

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    https://www.foxnews.com/science/gia...-award-for-sniffing-out-landmines-in-cambodia

    An African giant pouched rat has been honored for his work detecting landmines in Southeast Asia with a gold medal from an international veterinary charity.

    The U.K. charity PDSA named Magawa this year's gold medal recipient for "life-saving devotion to duty, in the location and clearance of deadly landmines in Cambodia."

    The 7-year-old rodent is much larger than the average pet rat – but still light enough to walk on a landmine without setting it off.

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    To date Magawa has discovered 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance, making him the most successful of APOP’s HeroRats.
     
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    Back in my day we didn't have any trained rats, we had a metal detector and a fiberglass probe and we didn't complain about it :fred:










    Cool rat though, someone pin a Sapper Tab on him :supergrin:
     
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    Rats sniffing out landmines is a win-win situation.
     
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    There are experiments ongoing with dogs that can smell cancer in people. Amazing animals!
     
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    Who would have thought? Bravo!
     
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    The Rat Patrol is back? EOD experts now tho' eh? No Finking out on THAT job...

    Wonder how they'd fare with the old German S-mine Bouncing Bettys?
     
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    I'd imagine they would do just fine as they aren't big enough to step on the pressure prong and that rat isn't going to weigh anywhere near the ~5-7kg to set it off. I'd also bet they wouldn't be strong enough to pull out a tension release set up.
     
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    Was just going to post a Rat Patrol reference. You stole my thunder.
     
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    I had a brother who was mentally ill. He had a certain odd smell. Years later, I was in a psychiatric hospital on a job, and smelled that same odor. I asked one of the nurses, and she told me a lot of schizophrenics have a chemical imbalance that will cause that. It's a whole relatively unexplored world of smells; very interesting stuff!
     
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