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Hero Rats Learn to Save Pangolins | Wildlife Conservation Network

"The title of HeroRAT is no exaggeration. For years, these animals have saved lives by detecting landmines and tuberculosis. By distinguishing the scent of TNT from metal, HeroRATs zero in on buried landmines in a fraction of the time it takes metal detectors, and they are too light to trigger detonations. Similarly, HeroRATs are trained to detect tuberculosis in patient sputum samples dramatically faster than lab technicians, thus accelerating diagnoses and treatment. Now, the nonprofit APOPO is training HeroRATs to save endangered wildlife, in partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). They are starting with pangolins, the world’s most trafficked mammals."
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