Rats aren’t exactly the most adored animals. But they should be, because they are hard at work in 56 countries, helping to clear out landmines and the explosive remnants of war that kill thousands of people every year.
These African pouched rats have been trained to save lives by sniffing out the scent of explosives.
The group responsible for training the HeroRATs, as they are known, is APOPO (Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection Product Development). It is the brainchild of Bart Weetjens, a product designer in Belgium who quit his job to explore the issue of landmines in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Rats are the perfect mine detectors owing to their high intelligence and keen sense of smell. In addition, they are small enough not to trigger mines, yet large enough to be easily identifiable in the field.
In his little hammock
These amazing embryonic animal photographs of dolphins, sharks, dogs, penguins, cats and elephants are from a new National Geographic Documentary called “Extraordinary Animals in the Womb”. The show’s producer, Peter Chinn, used a combination of three-dimensional ultrasound scans, computer graphics and tiny cameras to capture the process from conception to birth. They are the most detailed embryonic animal pictures ever seen.
They Brought Home A Pet Rat, And It Formed An Incredible Bond With Their Dog. Meet Osiris And Riff Ratt
Osiris is a 3-year-old Dutch shepherd therapy dog that befriended a 3-month old rescued pet rat named Riff Rat. The pet rat and therapy dog don’t just tolerate one another they are real life best friends forever.
Riff Rat had a rough start, and was rescued at only 4 weeks of age in pretty bad shape. He was nursed back to health with a syringe and plenty of love from kind-hearted humans as well as Osiris the gentle giant therapy dog. Dutch shepherds are well known for their ease of training and obedience, but Osiris takes being a great dog to a whole different level. Osiris allows Riff Rat to crawl inside of his mouth and clean his teeth, and no one even worries that the dog will make a snack out of the little rat.
I dream of catnip
When Chicago mother and photographer Ivette Ivens saw a French bulldog puppy that was born on the same day as her son Dilan, she knew she had to get him.
Japanese news show has a cat on set to deflect tension
Meet Bran, a Golden Retriever who was found after being abandoned and living in the woods outside of Atlanta alone for three months. Somehow he survived long enough to be rescued by his awesome new owner who shared this incredible story of one dog’s rescue from near death to possibly the happiest dog on Earth. If you’re looking for a dog this holiday season head down to the dog shelter and look around.