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Rats Being Trained To Rescue Disaster Survivors

Rats Rescue Disaster Survivors

Scared of rats? We think your opinion will change when you see what these creatures are now up to.

Rats are being trained for rescue teams to help find survivors from natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes.

Belgium’s APOPO project is equipping rodents with high-tech backpacks to help first responders search for survivors in disaster zones.


APOPO trains the rats at its base in Tanzania, in rooms that replicate the debris and rubble of disaster zones.

According to the behavioural research scientist and leader of the project Donna Kean, “rats are typically quite curious and like to explore – and that is key for search and rescue.”

Their adventurous spirit, their small size and excellent sense of smell make them perfect for locating survivors in tight places.

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