Tiny Rats Are Saving The World By Sniffing Out Landmines In Africa (Photos)
If you thought German Shepherds were the only animals out there with nine-to-fives, you're wrong.
There are giant bomb-sniffing rats called HeroRats, and they're able to sniff out landmines. These massive rats are trained by a Belgian non-governmental organization called APOPO and could save thousands of lives every year.
According to Bored Panda, HeroRats can scour 200 square meters in just 20 minutes to find landmines. To put that in perspective, it would take a human about 25 hours to cover the same area using with mine detectors.
Their lightweight characteristics also help them do their jobs. Most landmines detonate after being applied with a force of 11 pounds or more, but rats usually weigh no more than about three pounds. For a rat, that's huge. But for this particular job, it's the perfect weight.
Since the rats are in the sun all day, sunscreen is applied to their ears to prevent skin cancer.
If a rat gets too old or sick, it retires and lives the rest of its life freely.
Check out the photos below for a closer look at them in action.