What will they come up with next?
A solution to a serious global problem might have been found by a Belgian product designer by the name of Bart Weetjens. It seems that there are currently over 60 million hidden land mines strewn throughout the world wreaking havoc upon innocent victims who accidentally detonate them (many of whom are children). Using the Pavlov technique, the Belgian has been able to train a species of rodent known as the African giant pouched rat to sniff out mines – without detonating them.
In the past, dogs have been trained for the process, but success has been limited. However, the rats sniff around and are rewarded, if they locate a mine and scratch the ground. The little creatures are also light enough so as not to cause the mines to explode, allowing for their safe removal.
Who said some critters are simply nuisances that should be exterminated? Maybe there is a positive side to all living things.