HeroRATs, Tanzania

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HeroRAT, Morogoro, Tanzania — May 26, 2010

This African giant pouched rat is trained to smell the TNT used in land mines. A rigorous learning process trains the rat to equate the smell of TNT with later being fed. The end result: this happy rat is saving lives while making land productive again by eliminating local fear of land mines. By the way, this rat does not weigh enough to set off a land mine. And they put sunscreen on his ears to prevent burning.


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HeroRATs, Morogoro, Tanzania — May 26, 2010


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HeroRATs, Morogoro, Tanzania — May 26, 2010


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Sniffing for TNT at the HeroRATs training grounds, Morogoro, Tanzania — May 26, 2010


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Finding TNT, Morogoro, Tanzania — May 26, 2010

That’s TNT in the pod; he dug it up.

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Reward for finding TNT, Morogoro, Tanzania — May 26, 2010


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Trainers, Morogoro, Tanzania — May 26, 2010


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The HeroRAT 4x4, Morogoro, Tanzania — May 26, 2010

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