John Brosio is a California artist brought up in the era of Star Wars. He began drawing early in life and his ambition was to, “make my way into working for George Lucas in Northern CA” (via artist bio) His work is full of tornadoes and quirky references (brides gone bad comes up a few times). He also had the wonderful to luck have Wayne Thiebaud as a teacher at art school. Prints of John Brosio’s work are available on his website.
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African HeroRats detect landmines.
Using positive reinforcement behavior that is respectful of the animals, African pouched rats are taught to identify the explosives, receiving treats for their efforts. After months of training, the rats are set a test and accredited as HeroRats if they pass.
The pouched rats are perfect for the job; intelligent with a keen sense of smell, they are small enough not to trigger mines and large enough to be easily identifiable in the field. No rat has been killed in a minefield. Banana for scale
The rats can clear two hundred square meters in just 20 minutes. It would take humans with metal detectors five days to cover the same area.
The rats live for up to eight years, but retire after six and live out their twilight years eating avocados, apples and bananas, and being regularly patted by their handlers.
look at these wonderful rats saving lives and enjoying nanners.
Thank you, not-so-tiny rat friends!
OMG this is true and legit…. they are also trained to detect TB!
We are the crystal gems!
#this is even funnier if you know that the fall wasn’t scripted