Until now, removing mines has been the job of technicians with bomb-proof lorries and metal detectors. But metal detectors cannot trace mines made of wood or plastic or distinguish unexploded mines from shrapnel. Now scientists have shown that rats can be trained to be a safe, fast, reliable and cheap method of locating mines of all kinds, according to this month's issue of BBC Wildlife, published today.
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From the Daily News in Longview, Washington: "The chickens had to walk up a ladder to a platform and walk across a balance beam to another platform. Then they had to count -- walk two times around a post in the center" before returning to beam and platform, "turning 180 degrees and going down the ladder to a table" where they had to "peck a blue bowling pin off the edge. They had to choose between red and blue," Haderly said. "And they had to do all these steps on one command: 'Go!' "