Kune Kune Pigs

Kunekune pigs are being trained by the US Navy to hunt out and disarm undersea anti-ship mines. Or that might be dolphins. The documentation is unclear.

Pssst. No video :-(

The video is working fine for me on safari.

I saw a program on TV where they were using trained Gambian giant pouched rats (same animal that brought in the monkey fever which shut down the pet trade in prairie dogs) to do mine detecting. I don't think any harm came to the rats as they were too light to set off the mines.

By Jim Thomerson (not verified) on 17 Feb 2010 #permalink

Animals are better at doing a lot of things than we are. Their senses are more acute and they are more sensible.

By frangipanni (not verified) on 23 Feb 2010 #permalink

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I don't think any harm came to the rats as they were too light to set off the mines. Animals are often better at doing some things than we are!The linked abstract below takes you into the life of a tapeworm