Giant rats wearing hi-tech backpacks trained for disaster rescue

These African giant pouched rats are trained for search and rescue at Apopo, a Belgian non-profit centre, in Morogoro, Tanzania. The rats wear hi-tech backpacks equipped with a location device, video camera and two-way radio for communicating with potential disaster victims. The rodents can also use a switch to let human rescuers know when a victim has been found.

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