Oh Rats!

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Animal Welfare - BY NASH

epi­demics of the Sci­en­tists be­lieve re­peat

Asia, not rats. caused by ger­bils from

in In­dia. in the Karni Mata Tem­ple Rats are wor­shipped tem­ple.

black rats liv­ing in the ap­prox­i­mately 20,000

mem­ory. Rats have an ex­cel­lent

than groom­ing and less likely Rats are ob­ses­sive about

par­a­sites and viruses. cats to catch and trans­mit

than fe­males. with their hu­mans more Male rats like to cud­dle

hu­mans and grieve to each other or their Rats be­come at­tached over loss.

Rats are mak­ing a huge con­tri­bu­tion to the hu­man race, whether they are sniff­ing out un­der­ground land­mines in Africa, screen­ing peo­ple for tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, act­ing as ser­vice an­i­mals or sniff­ing out drugs and gun residue. Rats are a so­cial crea­ture that only want to please. They have a very sim­i­lar per­son­al­ity to a dog yet they are small and com­pact.

Rats are be­ing used as ther­apy and ser­vice an­i­mals. These amaz­ing an­i­mals can sense a life-threat­en­ing seizure com­ing on and alert the per­son they are work­ing for by lick­ing their face and neck fran­ti­cally. The warn­ing gives

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dogs or the per­son time to take some med­i­ca­tion, en­sure they are sit­ting down and avoid a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion. Hav­ing this an­i­mal to warn peo­ple gives their own­ers a new lease on life. They can go out and en­joy life, know­ing they will have a warn­ing of the seizure. Rats, like most an­i­mals, love un­con­di­tion­ally and have been used as com­pan­ion pets for trou­bled young peo­ple and chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties.

Rats are trained to de­tect tu­ber­cu­lo­sis in Africa. One rat can eval­u­ate 100 sam­ples in less than 20 min­utes whereas a lab tech­ni­cian would spend more than two days to do the same job. Rats eval­u­ate all sam­ples, in­di­cat­ing ad­di­tional TB cases ini­tially missed by mi­croscopy tests per­formed at health cen­ters.

Mean­while, on Septem­ber 17, 2015, Mozam­bique was of­fi­cially de­clared free of all known land­mines, thanks in part to the African gi­ant pouched rat. The or­ga­ni­za­tion APOPO trains these rats to find land­mines; they chose the rats be­cause of their high sense of smell and in­tel­li­gence. They are easy to train and light in weight as to not set off a mine if they walk over it.

At present APOPO’s 140 per­son team in Mozam­bique in­cludes five man­ual dem­i­ning teams, 2 sec­tions of mine de­tec­tion rat han­dlers, 32 mine de­tec­tion rats, and 5 ar­mored ma­chines for ground prepa­ra­tion, sur­vey and me­chan­i­cal dem­i­ning. For­tu­nately, ac­cord­ing to APOPO, no rats have been in­jured or killed in the minefield to date. Learn more about APOPO visit their web­site

at www.apopo.org/en/

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