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“Räumkommando Riesenratte”

Herbert Ostwald (Deutschland) - 43 min

Friday, 14. Nov. 2008 from 13:00 in Congress Graz - Blauer Salon       

Giant pouched rats the size of cats have an unusual job in Africa: they detect land mines. For one year, these rodents undergo a special formation and day by day become used to the smell of explosives. Especially in Mozambique, which was devastated by the civil war, still more than a million of land mines are waiting under the soil to be detected. Since these – otherwise unpopular – rodents have proved to be of help, they are going to be prepared for new fields of operations. For example, carrying a mini camera on their back, the giant pouched rats could also search for victims buried under the rubble in collapsed buildings.