HERORATS:Rats Who Save Lives(9/1) (3.HeroRAT's special school. (When…
HERORATS:Rats Who Save Lives(9/1)
1.About Mozambique and HeroRATs
Land mines are a serious problem in Mozambique(moh-zam-BEEK), a contry on the continent of Africa.
Land mines were used during almost thirty years of wars in Mozambique.
The wars ended many years ago, but milions of landmines were left behind.
Some unlikely heros are helping to solve the problem-rats!
Bart realized that rats could use their powerful noses to find land mines so humans could safely remove them.
Bart figured out that rats would be cheaper and easier to train dogs.
At first, people thought his idea was crazy, but Bart didn't give up.
He quit his job and began training his favorite animals as part of a program he calls HeroRATs.
Castro is one HeroRATs who is coming to the rescus is Mozambique.
He uses his cute, twitch nose to fine land mines.
When he is at work, Castro races across a field, suiffing every inch of dirt.
When he smells a land mine, Castro scratches at the ground to alert his human patner.
For his hard work, Castro receives a tummy treat of bananas and peanuts and a scratch on the head.
Castro is a specially trained African giant pouched rat.
These rats are common in the many areas in the southern half of Affica.
The rats are unusually large-about three feet long from there nose to the tip on their tail.
3.HeroRAT's special school.
When they correctly signal that they've detected a land mine, they get a special treat.
The leash can be attached to a rope to guide the rats the rats as they move back and forth across a field.
This reward of mashed bananas and peanuts makes them eager to do their work.
After a total of nice monthes of training, the rats have to pass several tests.
Next, the rats are taught to walk on a leash.
Castro and other HeroRATs are trainede in a special school shere thet learn to use their nose to find land mines.
During training, HeroRATs are introduced to the smells of dozens of different explosives in land mines.
The rats are taught to give a signal when they detect the smell of a land mine.
First, trainers get the rats used to the human world.
Mozambique is nit the only contry working hard to get rid of land mines.
Tese weapons are a problem in many places around the world.
Pelple who work with Hero RATs are proud to help make their contries safe.
These special rats are saveing lives and are true heroes.