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Rats are usually an animal that people try to get rid of and exterminate, but what they are doing in Africa shows that they actually do have some use to humans other than just being pesky rodents. Check it out…

The Chive – Everyone’s least favorite rodent has been tasked with cleaning up the lethal leftovers of war. Land mines kill thousands every year, but these rats have been trained to save lives by sniffing out the scent of explosives. The group responsible for training the rodents is APOPO – which stands for Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling in Dutch, or Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development in English.

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