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New Mine Detectors...... Rats.  
User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6604 posts, RR: 11
Posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

Landmines - brutal and indiscriminate weapons - are depressingly common in the developing world. Can the highly developed sense of smell of rats help to clear this scourge?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8549681.stm

I wonder when they'll turn up alongside drugs dogs to check passengers for trouser bombs. "Excuse me sir while ratty runs up your trousers... please keep still."


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User currently offlineskidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

Quoting oly720man (Thread starter):
I wonder when they'll turn up alongside drugs dogs to check passengers for trouser bombs. "Excuse me sir while ratty runs up your trousers... please keep still."

That'll be Ferrets!  

Andy   



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User currently onlineafterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1201 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1388 times:

Just wait until PETA having a protest carrying a banner "We rather lose our legs than kill a rat". 

User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1914 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1287 times:

Rats are amazing animals, and extremely intelligent. I'm not surprised that they would be useful for this.

Don't forget Ali G and the "bomb sniffing dolphins"   



It's people like you what cause unrest!
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18675 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1275 times:

Quoting afterburner (Reply 2):
Just wait until PETA having a protest carrying a banner "We rather lose our legs than kill a rat".

You beat me to it. Ah, PETA. STOP DONATING TO PETA, PEOPLE! Just STOP! They aren't animal lovers, they're people haters!

I give it about 30 days until they protest.


User currently offlineSkySurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1218 times:

Quoting n229nw (Reply 3):
Rats are amazing animals, and extremely intelligent. I'm not surprised that they would be useful for this.

My thoughts exactly! They're easy to train, loyal, fun loving and super intelligent! I used to have four of them and every morning (even though i sometimes sneaked out of bed so they wouldn't know when i was on the go), there they were, all waiting at the top of the cage! If i lowered my shoulders to cage height they'd all climb on, if i stuck my hand with it smelling of food they wouldn't bite, when i came home from work they'd all be waiting again and if i put them on the floor and called their names from 20ft away they'd come running over! I'm not surprised they're being used to detect mines, as long as they know there's a reward on the way they'll give you everything you ask! Unlike cats (which i love btw) who choose to make us humans THEIR pet! lol

Cheers

Stu



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User currently onlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2543 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1174 times:

PETA = People for the Eating of Tasty Animals.


Pancakes are delicious.
User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1914 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1152 times:

Quoting SkySurfer (Reply 5):
They're easy to train, loyal, fun loving and super intelligent! I used to have four of them and every morning (even though i sometimes sneaked out of bed so they wouldn't know when i was on the go)

I had many as pets too. Besides coming when called, I also never had one that didn't figure out how to get out of its cage (had to use twisty seals to close them)...but my favorite rat when I was a kid used to escape from his cage at night and climb up and curl up in bed next to me...They were the best pets.

Unlike hamsters that don't want anything to do with humans and that bite, pet rats actually really love their humans.

In a couple years, my kids will hopefully be old enough to get a rat or two!



It's people like you what cause unrest!
User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8872 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1130 times:

Apparently it's not such a great idea:

"Their legs are too small to walk regular patterns in overgrown fields, so vegetation must be trimmed, and the rats attached to a string to literally keep them in line. “You need to spend so much time clearing space, you’re better off doing it manually,” Smith says."
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/di...ne-detection-african-pouched-rats/

Sadly. I'd imagine they are too tiny to set off the bombs by themselves or you could just set them loose.

[Edited 2010-03-08 19:58:47]


"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
User currently offlineSkySurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1112 times:

Quoting PPVRA (Reply 8):
Sadly. I'd imagine they are too tiny to set off the bombs by themselves or you could just set them loose.

Ouch!!!! If you want to do it that way then make it those out of control 'rattus rattus' species who do nothing more than spread disease and breed untill there's millions of them! Leave the Rattus Norvegicus to us rat lovers  

Stu



In the dark you can't see ugly, but you can feel fat
User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8872 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1096 times:

Quoting SkySurfer (Reply 9):
Leave the Rattus Norvegicus to us rat lovers

Fine by me!  



"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6604 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

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Quoting PPVRA (Reply 8):
I'd imagine they are too tiny to set off the bombs by themselves or you could just set them loose.

I expect that's the grand plan. I can't imagine someone wanting to walk through a minefield with a rat on a lead, just stand at the edge and look for them digging.

The ex-soldier does have a point about their capabilities, but if they rely on smell they should more easily follow a scent to the mine rather than having to go over every inch to look for other signs.



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