These Little Heroes Are Saving Lives & Limbs Using Their Exceptional Sense Of Smell

By Anne Cacherell

Over 50 countries worldwide are contaminated by landmines and explosive remnants of wars that result to thousands of casualties every year. In line with this concern, APOPO (Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling or Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development in English), a Belgian NGO, came up with a solution that would help save lives and limbs.

These giant Gambian or African pouched rats, also known as Hero Rats, are trained to sniff out unexploded landmines.


An average mine takes 5kg of weight to explode, but, these Hero Rats only weighs around 1.5kg.


Furthermore, Hero Rats can efficiently search 200 square meters in 20 minutes compared to the 25 hours operational time for humans to perform the same task.


To show your support, you can adopt or sponsor a Hero Rat for 7USD per month.


Moreover, since Hero Rats are prone to cancer, they need to use sunscreen to keep them healthy and sickness-free.


In addition, with their keen and exceptional sense of smell, these cat-sized rodents are also trained to diagnose pulmonary tuberculosis in human sputum samples.


These innovative landmine-detecting Hero Rats can provide their service for 4-5 years before they lose interest in their jobs.


When they retire, these Hero Rats will enjoy the benefits of eating fresh and healthy fruits to their hearts’ content.

These cat-sized rodents may look really terrifying but they can also be man’s best friend. Do you find these Hero Rats fascinating? Share with us your thoughts.