Unlikely partners - the hunter and the hunted - are seen here working together to locate landmines. In parts of Africa, these rats are typically to dine for, but now in addition to being someone's dinner, they also work to clear the fields of bombs.
These Mozambique rats "bigger than New York City sewer rats," writes Jonathan Kalan, quickly overcame obvious skepticism in their new hero role proving incredibly adept at locating landmines in an area riddled with the buried explosives. "...stuffed into tiny harnesses [the rats] began to sweep back and forth on ropes between their human handlers, stopping every so often to scratch and point out a landmine.'
“In Mozambique we eat rats,” joked Alberto Augusto, the director of Mozambique’s national demining institute, “so it was very strange to see them working and demining. We were thinking to grill them.
“These are not normal rats,” Augusto declared. “They are very special rats.” READ FULL ARTICLE
"Ask not what an animal can do for you; ask what you can do for an animal." Jasper
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." ~Alice Walker
The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book, "The Dreaded Comparison" . Her next sentence was, "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound."