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Isaac. The Story of a Little Giant

Meet the landmine-detecting super rat!

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African Giant pouched rats can detect explosives, thanks to their powerful sense of smell. One African NGO, APOPO (Anti-Personnel Landmines Removal Product Development), trains the animals in its breeding centre in Tanzania. APOPO graduates are then sent to mine-infested countries all over the world, to help sappers locate the treacherous weapons that still kill after wars have ended.

RTD visits the centre in Tanzania, and follows the fortunes of Isaac, a new-born African giant pouched rat who is destined for greatness. APOPO workers demonstrate how Isaac is trained to associate TNT with food and bonds with his trainer. A trip to the minefields of Cambodia also reveals why Isaac has to wear sunscreen, and exactly how good the rodent is at his job.

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