The African Giant Pouched rat
species is used because of its intelligence, calm demeanour and ability to be trained.
The Gambian pouched rat
can detect tuberculosis and land mines by scent better than humans
Among the exciting offerings at both campuses, lemurs, tapirs and the world's largest rodent, the pouched rat
, above, could be coming to York as plans shape up to open the new wildlife centre next year.
The NGO, called APOPO, also began to breed the Gambian pouched rat
(which despite its name is found all over Africa) specifically for mine-clearance work.
16 (ANI): The African Army Research Office has paid an Oklahoma State University's Zoology professor to study the African giant pouched rat
to detect its ability to find bombs.
It took five or six months to train the rats, which are also called Cricetomys gambianus, or the Gambian pouched rat
Too light to set off an explosion, a giant pouched rat
can sniff out buried mines, then scratch the ground to indicate their location.
She said: "We have a Gambian giant pouched rat
, Richardson's ground squirrels, sugar gliders, lemmings and African pygmy mice.
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and a racoon
It seems the African giant pouched rat
(Cricetomys gambianus)can reliably identify a specific smell in the saliva of patients with TB.
The problem, of course, is in finding the mines, and that's where the African pouched rat
is making a name for itself.
The monkeypox virus was apparently brought to this country by a Gambian giant pouched rat
imported by a Chicago-area exotic pets dealer.