Trained Rats To Be Sent Into Earthquake Debris Wearing Tiny Backpacks With Microphones

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Rats have a terrible rep, but they’re really cool critters! They’re smart and easily trained, which, coupled with their small size, makes them a great search-and-rescue animal for earthquakes. Equipped with tiny backpacks kitted out with microphones, cameras, and trackers, rats trained by Dr. Donna Kean’s team could serve as a lifeline between human rescue teams and people stuck under rubble. The rats, which return after hearing a beep, are being trained on mock debris but will be sent on their first mission the next time an earthquake strikes Turkey. Read full article here

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