Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

• Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the most "mined" the world. During the three decades of war and civil conflict on the territory of the country several million mines remain scattered. According to the Land Mine Museum in 2010 at Siem Reap in Cambodia is still 3 to 6 million active mines. Belgian non-profit organization APOPO sent from Tanzania to Cambodia a new detachment of sappers - Gambian rats.

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

Meet this giant Gambian rat (Cricetomys gambianus), weighing 2 to 8 kg with a body length to half. Cambodian Mine Action Center. (Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

The operation is performed under the auspices of the Belgian non-profit organization APOPO, from the late 90s to develop the project "Rat-hero" (HeroRAT). This organization was founded by Bart Uitdzhensom, who studied the behavior of rats, who came to the conclusion that they could be beautiful and inexpensive sappers. Siem Reap province, Cambodia. (Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

We are now at the Center for Demining in Cambodia. before exercise is necessary to eat. (Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

It's time to practice. Naturally, the mines on the training field are not real. (Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

The province of Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

To the right is seen tailed sapper. (Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

For the successful "clearance" - a banana. (Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

Next! (Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

Rats running around the training "mine" field "is not chaotic, and along the special guides. (Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

Approximately so. (Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

(Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

neutralized "mine". (Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

Giant rat engineers Demining Cambodia

The reward for a successful workout. (Photo Samrang Pring | Reuters):

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