3650
Comments (111)
sorted by:
59
starsabove 59 points ago +61 / -2

In fairness, APOPO is a worthwhile group.

35
Art-Vandelay41 35 points ago +36 / -1

Did I just read that the rats detect landmines and tuberculosis

11
MAGA_Flocka_Flame 11 points ago +13 / -2

I bet since this lady can smell Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, it would be possible to train the rats to do that too

https://archive.is/RgoCO

2
Spicy_maymay 2 points ago +2 / -0

I can smell who in my family has Alzheimer's too, pro tip:

It's the one who never remembers to wipe his ass

1
hloblart 1 point ago +1 / -0

I don't think the main reason for using rats to find mines isn't just their sense of smell(pretty sure other animals do that better, in general (hounds, bears, etc), though rats may be better at certain compounds in the case of tuberculosis)

It is the fact that they are lightweight and lighfooted(so they are less likely to set mines off, and probably more expendable).

6
Chickapede 6 points ago +6 / -0

The best animal to be trained to find landmines is a Democrat, because in case a landmine goes off, the trainers don't become as attached to the Democrats, so it's better for morale. Democrats aren't as easy to train as rats, though. Not quite as intelligent.

3
Ghostsunite 3 points ago +3 / -0

thanks for making me bust out laughing😎😎😎😎😎. I have been so pissed off the last couple of months...

2
starsabove 2 points ago +2 / -0

It is the fact that they are lightweight and light footed(so they are less likely to set mines off, and probably more expendable).

Not really less expendable, it still takes a while to train them properly. But they require less space to house, and take less food & water. A single equipped trailer can house dozens of trained rats, with both food and water for months of operation. The same trailer could house only 1 or 2 dogs.

2
MAGA_Flocka_Flame 2 points ago +2 / -0

I just also sort of figured that while dogs are in most places, rats are EVERYWHERE so thats why they picked them

2
hloblart 2 points ago +2 / -0

Pretty sure that it isn't common brown rats.

I think they only use these

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gambian_pouched_rat

Only native to Africa, though they are apparently invasive in the Florida Keys

Apparently also occasionally escape from being pets in the southern states, but doesn't seem to be significant breeding population.

-7
deleted -7 points ago +3 / -10
3
loric4882 3 points ago +4 / -1

You are simply unaware of a commonly known fact

1
deleted 1 point ago +1 / -0
2
BloodElfSupporter 2 points ago +3 / -1

The pede was simply sharing. Whether it’s true or not it’s up to the person reading (we have brains, you know?)

No need to sound harsh

1
anonymousdonor 1 point ago +1 / -0

Never go full retard boys.

1
hloblart 1 point ago +1 / -0

You can't smell an illness unless it creates an external bodily change.

Why is it hard to believe that a disease creates a subtle external bodily change?

1
ColonelCottonHill 1 point ago +1 / -0

If I remember right dolphins

If I remember right dolphins raped my boy.

2
ItsFunToSay-M-A-G-A 2 points ago +2 / -0

"BWAAAAHHHHHH!!! Stop talkin' about that, dang it! If you say one more word, I'm gonna kick your ass!"

– Hank Hill, Assistant Manager, Strickland Propane

9
Dennislearsysbastard 9 points ago +10 / -1

It's an honest living. Dogs can detect terminal cancer.

12
HockeyMom4Trump 12 points ago +13 / -1

Probably more accurately than some doctors.

-14
deleted -14 points ago +1 / -15
10
loric4882 10 points ago +10 / -0

How hard is it for you to duckduckgo 'dogs detect cancer'

1
deleted 1 point ago +1 / -0
-3
MSG1000 -3 points ago +1 / -4

The guy’s being rude, but it is true it’s not on him to prove a point for the other side.

3
IcyHue 3 points ago +3 / -0

That doesn't apply here. Your own ignorance and laziness don't entitle you to get facts of common knowledge presented to you on a silver plate whenever you demand them.

1
MSG1000 1 point ago +1 / -0

Dogs detecting cancer is not common knowledge. It does apply.

1
anonymousdonor 1 point ago +1 / -0

No, it's up to him to prove we're wrong.

1
MSG1000 1 point ago +1 / -0

No, people asserting the fact that dogs can detect cancer are making the assertion, not anyone else. The burden of proof is on them.

2
Dirk_Diggler 2 points ago +2 / -0

"I don't understand it, so everyone is wrong." You are a fucking retard.

3
FUJIMO_1977 3 points ago +3 / -0

No, Covid, if you gerbil it up your ass, it can sniff out COVID... You know you have it, if it backs out on its own and you don't gotta go to the ER. My wife's BF told me that.

It's also 1000 percent more effective that Chinese asshole saw test, but it goes further than 2 inches. Also, only baby rats unless you have alternative experience

2
deleted 2 points ago +2 / -0
16
LiskaEman 16 points ago +16 / -0

I was coming in to say exactly this; I've donated to them in the past and they're amazing! And the rats are so interesting, I'd never seen ones so large before.

8
FuckU/Spez 8 points ago +8 / -0

You must not be from a poor country... I remember I was 5 years old and our cat caught a rat almost as big as himself. It was huge! I'm 46 now but never forgot how big it was

6
LiskaEman 6 points ago +6 / -0

Correct! I’m in fancy pants New England, god help me!

Wow, that sounds kinda amazing, And an impressive feat by the cat too!

3
FuckU/Spez 3 points ago +3 / -0

"Fancy pants New England" ... checks in the white privilege chart... yep! White Privilege 😂😂😂😂. America is the best country in the world! MAGA!

2
LiskaEman 2 points ago +2 / -0

It’s so horrible here 😂😂 there are magaers around so it could be worse, but my God. Trying so hard not to flee to a red state!

1
FormerGraveheart 1 point ago +1 / -0

Usernames can contain slashes? What a world we live in!

1
hloblart 1 point ago +1 / -0

Population density probably has more to do with how common rats are. They seem to be plentiful enough in most big cities.

Pretty sure first world cat catching initiatives increase the rat populations.

Not sure if being in a poor country would make them bigger.

Seem to get big enough in well off Sweden

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26764929

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5869015/Swedish-town-told-doors-windows-closed-plague-GIANT-RATS-size-cats.html

1
HiddenDekuScrub 1 point ago +1 / -0

Even pet rats get pretty huge though. Particularly the males. The one in the picture looks to have white and brown patches... You'd usually expect that on a hamster. That's a domestic rat.

2
CatfishJack 2 points ago +2 / -0

Must not have ever been to NYC. They got ‘em big as Rottweilers.

1
LiskaEman 1 point ago +1 / -0

I have actually! Boston too, just haven’t seen the giant ass rats yet 😅

7
PaigeAshley 7 points ago +7 / -0

They are SO cool! I have a heart for rats, have had them as pets for years, so this is just awesome!

11
KekistanPM 11 points ago +11 / -0

Never had one as a pet, but I did have hamsters growing up. They weren't exactly the smartest rodents, but they were adorable and they knew that you looked out for them. Especially when you gave them Honey Nut Cherrios.

6
PaigeAshley 6 points ago +6 / -0

Hamsters are sweet. Especially the larger European hamsters. :)

Rats are also extremely friendly! And smart, and yes, they love honey nut cheerios as well. :D

4
Donger-Lord2 4 points ago +4 / -0

Mine got killed by the cat. Poor bastard stood no chance, escaped from his cage.

4
PaigeAshley 4 points ago +4 / -0

Oh no! I'm sorry. :(

My cat got my dwarf hamster when I was a kid...

1
Donger-Lord2 1 point ago +1 / -0

The worst part was the blood, the cat looked like he had just ate an entire animal.

2
HiddenDekuScrub 2 points ago +2 / -0

Rats are like hamsters, just much bigger and smarter.

Hamsters have softer coats though.

8
FireannDireach 8 points ago +8 / -0

I had two, in high school. My sister had a rat, one of the "siamese" breeds she paid a lot of money for. Seemed fun, so I got two females from the pet store. Mine were fun until the first night, when they decided to have Wrestlemania at 3am on a school night. crashsqueakcrashsqueal*.

They both died within two months of cancer. Pet store rats are so inbred (raised as snake food) they have very short life expectancies. It's a shame, as they're very intelligent. But they're pests and disease carriers and wreck farms and homes, in the wild. But pet rats can be a lot of fun.

I discovered my passion...er...addiction later, with fish tanks, and reef fish.

4
McCloud3 4 points ago +4 / -0

I'm going down the fish tank rabbit hole now. Freshwater. .win fish geeks?

4
FireannDireach 4 points ago +4 / -0

It's rewarding, and expensive. And heartbreaking. My last reef tank got wiped out by a rock with polyps that had been properly quarantined and acclimated. That's the breaks - and how you kill several hundred dollars of live coral.

I miss having seahorses, my favorite, but I can't right now. Soon.

2
loric4882 2 points ago +2 / -0

Many fish over on animals.win

5
ouvrez_les_yeux 5 points ago +5 / -0

Those rats are adorable!

4
deleted 4 points ago +4 / -0
21
dirtbiscuit 21 points ago +22 / -1

don't forget to register them to vote before they splode

7
MadMax636 7 points ago +7 / -0

Whiskers voted for Joe Charlie the cat voted for Joe Princess the rat dog voted for Joe.

15
Brucesky420 15 points ago +16 / -1

You could move to Australia. We refab mining trucks (mainly for companies in coal mines) and our business in Australia has been BOOMING this past year. The only downside is you'll have to get used to working upside down, and you won't be in the US

For those of you have lost your job to Biden I'm sorry and I wish the best for you. Unlike the left, we actually care about you guys

4
MostEffectualTopKek 4 points ago +4 / -0

Happy to send our Victorian Thornbury and Brunswick "look at me with my fringe I'm an individual that looks the same as everyone else here" lefties for some based refupedes.

14
_Trunalimunumaprzure 14 points ago +14 / -0

I train rats to find land mines, and my wife is a mall Santa.. our budget is 1.3 mil.

13
Hilldawg4Prison 13 points ago +15 / -2

FREAKING LOL

13
deleted 13 points ago +13 / -0
11
Hanging_Chad 11 points ago +11 / -0

We don't like this VP 📉 ⬇️

10
KekistanPM 10 points ago +10 / -0

"JuSt Be GlAd YoU hAvE a JoB, bIgOt!!!"

8
yeoman3 8 points ago +8 / -0

Is that the DC species?

7
ILoveSilk 7 points ago +7 / -0

I know I am supposed to laugh but I can't. I feel angry, sad, and desperate. I hope you will find a job soon. Take good care of yourself! With Sincere Regards.

7
guitarmastershredder 7 points ago +7 / -0

Thank God be Happy Bigot You Get 2 Free Rainbow Flags to Support Queer Year.. Every Year is Queer Year in Biden’s America

7
deleted 7 points ago +7 / -0
6
Ocineaa 6 points ago +6 / -0

Those rats and the people digging up those old mines are all incredible heroes.

A side note, working dogs in the US Army are usually Staff Sergeants while their handlers are Sergeants. That's so if the animal is mistreated (I'm sure other reasons too) by it's handler they get into much more trouble.

4
plaaaa 4 points ago +4 / -0

When is Kuntmala making crack addict Hunter Biden do that at 2$ an hour for his rehab sentence?

3
deleted 3 points ago +3 / -0
3
PootiePoot 3 points ago +3 / -0

You can always work making solar panels.

But you have to work in a Chinese factory for $2/hour.

2
eddedandedamame 2 points ago +2 / -0

Hero Rat Magawa<3

2
Not_your_King 2 points ago +2 / -0

Make sure to put those mines to good use. In MINEcraft of course.

2
SupremeDearLeader2 2 points ago +2 / -0

Rats😍

2
thebaddyman 2 points ago +2 / -0

what is up dale gribble... or is thta rusty shackelford.

2
XxxRDTPRNxxX 2 points ago +2 / -0

I wouldn't wanna train an animal and get attached to it, just to send it to something that's gonna get it killed.

2
MustafaJones 2 points ago +2 / -0

Aren’t rats too light to set off land mines? I’d imagine a land mine would be pretty ineffective if it could be detonated by a rodent.

1
XxxRDTPRNxxX 1 point ago +1 / -0

Bro, landmines sometimes just detonate on their own. It's not like they are safety devices with all kinds of protections. They are made to blow up and kill.

2
FUJIMO_1977 2 points ago +2 / -0

I thought this was a joke til I saw the article. Maybe we should teach rats to code. Where the fuck is PETA?

2
CaptWigWag 2 points ago +2 / -0

You could always learn to code.

1
clampie 1 point ago +1 / -0

*Kumholic

1
ForwardObserver 1 point ago +1 / -0

Rats Dancing on Broken Glass

1
Latin_Patriot_MAGA 1 point ago +1 / -0

I would put all those demoKKKrats RATS and the RINOs to detect mines, in the end those RATS that I mentioned are worth nothing and are useless

1
Theyreallinonit 1 point ago +1 / -0

Gota clear those future farm lands for me chinese marsters yall.

1
Chopblock 1 point ago +1 / -0
1
deleted 1 point ago +2 / -1
1
9x10again 1 point ago +1 / -0

There’s always Cheesemaking.

1
deleted 1 point ago +1 / -0
1
TheSaltyVet 1 point ago +1 / -0

Thats Kameltoe to you Mr....

1
PM_Me_Ur_Weird_Bendy 1 point ago +1 / -0

Season 2 of liberal energy policy Gretta is going to iraq to see "green" policies in action

1
Zytos 1 point ago +1 / -0

I used to be a coal miner like you. Then Cumala got on her knees.

1
DrBaldEagle1 1 point ago +1 / -0

How much are they paying per land mine? Where do I go to find them? How do I return them, FedEX, UPS? Kamala please be specific! I need a job!