Trained rats wearing backpacks are learning to help earthquake survivors – Study Finds

A special group of rats is learning to crawl into earthquake debris wearing tiny backpacks, allowing rescue teams can talk to survivors. It may sound like something out of the children’s movie “The Rescuers,” but a non-profit in Africa is hoping this real-life project can save lives around the world.

Research scientist Dr. Donna Kean is spearheading the innovative project. So far, the group has trained seven rats, taking only two weeks to get them up to speed. At the moment, the rats are using homemade prototype backpacks containing a microphone, which they carry into mock debris.

 

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6 thoughts on “Trained rats wearing backpacks are learning to help earthquake survivors – Study Finds”

    1. Humans have to turn everything into weapons, if the rats prove to be successful, they will turn them into weapons as well, it is a kind of perversion, maybe rooted in fear or craving for power or both?

    2. Both I think. There was a film a few years ago that showed outfitting hundreds of rats with timed charges of plastique explosives – “Wanted”

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