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They Sniff Out Landmines and Explosives. No They’re Not K9s, They’re Giant Rats!

In almost 56 countries, these giant rats help save thousands of lives…and limbs.

Did you know that K9s aren’t the only animals who are trained to sniff out bombs and explosives? Believe it or not, these brave, intelligent creatures also risk their own lives to save human beings—rats!

However, these are no ordinary rats; they are African giant pouched rats called “HeroRats” and they are specifically trained to detect landmines and explosives that have been left by war.

These landmines are responsible for the death of thousands of people every year. But thanks to the hard working pouched rats, at least 56 countries are being cleared of these volatile weapons. Not only that, these giant rats can identify people with tuberculosis. Early detection of this disease is vital for the person’s diagnosis and treatment.

A non-profit organization known as Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development (APOPO) is behind these HeroRats’ training.

The HeroRats with their handlers.

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The organization is spearheaded by a Belgian national named Bart Weetjens, a former product designer who left his job to further investigate the issue of landmines in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The “perfect mine detectors”- rats have a keen sense of smell and are highly intelligent.

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Their size enables them to explore the field safely without activating the landmines…

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But they’re big enough to be seen by humans in the field.

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Trainers use positive reinforcement techniques to train the giant rats.

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In a span of 20 minutes, these giant rats can cover at least 200 square meters

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…which would probably take humans carrying metal detectors five days to clear out the area.

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The rats know how to warn their handlers if there are explosives in the area.

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No HeroRat has been killed on duty as of yet.

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HeroRats are given the privilege to retire after six years.

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Once retired, they will just spend their days resting and eating fruits such as bananas, apples, and avocados.

Aren’t they amazing? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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This Photographer Captures Dark and Dreamlike Worlds Through the Lens of Her Camera

These stunning pictures will take you to a dark fantasy world.

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Fantasy-adventure movie fanatics would definitely appreciate the works of Seattle-based photographer Kindra Nikole. This amazing woman was able to capture the dark, mysterious, yet enchanting beauty of a dreamlike world through her camera.

The talented photographer released a haunting photo series called Dreamscapes. It features intricately dressed women who are one with nature. Nikole painstakingly worked with fresh foliage even though it's quite taxing. The leaves wilt easily when they were taken out of the water so she had to work fast in constructing the garments.  It's really fascinating how she personally created the models' wardrobe and conceptualized their looks herself.

Nikole said, “Since I have very fleshed-out ideas for the concepts of Dreamscapes, it’s usually not a very long round of shooting before I have what I want."...

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Police Raids Noodle Soup Restaurant in China for Serving “Libido Boosters”

Fetuses lined up like fish in the market found in a noodle soup restaurant in China.

A new photo featuring dead fetuses being sold in China has circulated in the social media once again. Although information about the exact circumstances behind the photo were limited, police allegedly found this in a noodle soup restaurant in China. The person who uploaded the photo said the fetuses were lined up and being sold like fish. You can notice three people in the background who are probably the vendors of the fetuses.

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They Took Her in to be a Part of their Family, But They Did this to Her After.

He adopted her so he can present her to his daughter as a gift. What happens next is heartbreaking.

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Sometimes we need to see things in a different light just to understand better. This simple yet moving video just does that. It depicts the reality of what usually transpires within families across the globe, but in its own unique way.

I don't want to give away too much information, just know that this is quite a heartbreaking video that might shock you or make you cry so please watch it 'til the very end. If it also touched your hearts, please share this to your friends so we can spread awareness and stop this from happening.

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