This is a Gambian pouched rat
, a breed almost 3 feet from nose to tail, the kind of rat that gives cats nightmares.
Since 2008, around 80 Gambian giant pouched rats
have been trained to sniff out the killer disease TB.
APOPO, a Belgian charity, already uses the African giant pouched rat
, which can grow up to three feet long, to detect land mines.
But African giant pouched rats
are turning out to be lifesavers, literally, for humans.
student Kenny Hicks, 17, with Gambian giant pouched rat
And now they have ordered and paid for meerkats, raccoons, marmoset monkeys, rhea, deer, Gambian pouched rats
, prairie dogs and dumbo mice.
The prairie dogs probably acquired the infection while with the distributor, through contact with a Gambian giant pouched rat
A company near Chicago that buys and sells exotic pets simultaneously held a sick Gambian giant pouched rat
and some prairie dogs, Hull says.
The virus apparently came to this country through a Gambian giant pouched rat
imported by a Chicago-area pet dealer.
The Gambian giant pouched rat
is deployed to remove more than 100 million landmines left behind from conflicts that kill or maim around 50 innocent people every day.
Mine clearance charity Apopo has receivedfunding to put giant Gambian pouched rats
through eight months of training to detect the explosive TNT.
In Tanzania a humanitarian organization called Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling (APOPO) uses operant discrimination techniques to train giant African pouched rats
to detect landmines and deploys the rats in Mozambique and elsewhere (Poling, Weetjens, Cox, Beyene, et al.
African Giant Pouched Rats
, native to sub-Saharan Africa, are the biggest of all rats in the world.
Utilizing trained giant African pouched rats
, the study analyzed sputum samples of 10,523 patients in Tanzania.
Land mine detection is traditionally done by dogs, but African giant pouched rats
might be better suited to finding these buried bombs.