To most of us, rats are rodents we consider an annoyance at best, and filthy disease-mongers at worst. People in Africa, however, have quite a different opinion about the small furry mammals - and rightly so.
The video below shows rats being trained in Angola to sniff out land mines. Although the rats that belong to the species used in training have such poor eyesight that they're nearly blind, their sense of smell is incredibly keen. So keen, in fact, that they greatly reduce the amount of time it takes to find land mines (strewn throughout the country after decades of civil war) and allow for safe detonation. They're trained to respond only when they smell explosives, and in two hours they're able to examine an area that would take days to clear if the work was done by humans.
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