an organization of Tanzania, aupupu ‘(APOPO) is also past few years Large work to measure the rats to find mines with the help of local TB. For this reason, they have been named ‘hero rats’.
Last month, the organization launched a new project that also trains mice in search and rescue operations.
The organization has been involved in various social activities in Tanzania for the past twenty years, including the welfare of farmers, mine protection and the rehabilitation of people disabled by these explosions.
In addition to dogs, the organization is taking full advantage of the God-given abilities of mice to detect Bardavi tunnels and TB. These are the rats that have been dubbed ‘hero rats’.
It should be noted that in the case of sniffing, rats are also very sharp like dogs and they can detect the direction and distance of this place by sniffing the slight odor coming from far away while their memory is also very strong.
The ongoing uprisings and civil wars in Tanzania and other African countries have left countless landmines buried in places, killing large numbers of innocent children and civilians as well as crippling them for life.
Trained dogs have been used for years to identify landmines, but millions of dollars are spent on training and caring for such a dog. It is very difficult for poor countries to bear these costs.
Apopo found a solution to this problem in the form of ‘big bag mice’, which are common in various African countries, including Tanzania.
Apart from weighing only one to one and a half kilograms, these rats are 45 centimeters (less than one and a half feet) tall and can easily pass through narrow spaces. They are up to 8 years old.
Due to their strong memory and extraordinary intelligence, these mice were selected and trained for a few months to find landmines buried in the ground.
The rats quickly learned the trade, and with the help of rescue teams, dozens of times successfully discovered landmines, proving their worth.
Following this success, Apopo began selling these rats on its website to local farmers and the general public at very low prices so that they too could clear landmines from their fields and surrounding areas at very low cost.
So far, these rats have proved their usefulness in saving thousands of lives in Tanzania, while their demand is also increasing in other war-torn African countries.
A few years ago, a study found that rats of the same breed could detect tuberculosis (TB) by sniffing a patient.
Since then, mice have been trained to detect TB in Apopo, as traditional methods of diagnosing TB cost a lot of money in poor countries.
These experiments were also successful and now these mice are providing low cost facility in diagnosing TB.
A new project has now been launched at Apopo, where rats are being trained to search for victims in an accident to improve the performance of rescue teams.
Oppo has also had significant success in the initial experiments in this regard and it is hoped that other countries after Africa will begin to take advantage of the natural abilities of these mice