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Our exceptional mammalogist-in-the-making, Ana Gledys, releases a pouched rat (or Hero Rat, Cricetomys ansorgei) on our recent survey of Coutada 12, in the Greater Gorongosa National Park Ecosystem. Before letting it go, we weighed and sexed this rat and collected some of the mutualistic earwigs that live under its fur. @gorongosapark #herorat #herorats #gorongosa #mammal #biodiversity #biology #mozambique #africa #wildlife #smallmammals #science

Our exceptional mammalogist-in-the-making, Ana Gledys, releases a pouched rat (or Hero Rat, Cricetomys ansorgei) on our recent survey of Coutada 12, in the Greater Gorongosa National Park Ecosystem. Before letting it go, we weighed and sexed this rat and collected some of the mutualistic earwigs that live under its fur. @gorongosapark #herorat #herorats #gorongosa #mammal #biodiversity #biology #mozambique #africa #wildlife #smallmammals #science

Really missing this handsome boy. 😭😭 my Arno baby. #gambianpouchedrat #misshim #cute #petsofinstagram #ratsofinstagram #myheart #herorat

One of my @herorats Ikemba passed away. She saved countless lives by finding landmines, undetonated weapons and shrapnel, which helped her human trainers dispose of them properly. Another rat will inherit her job to continue to help The Angola region. #herorats #apopo #rainbowbridge #herorat #heroratssavelives #gambianpouchedrat #ratsofinstagram #thirdworldproblems #angola #landmines #stoplandmines #worldpeace #ratsareawesome

This is Sophea and one of her mine-detection #rats from #apopo, helping to clear #cambodia’s #minefields one at a time ✊🏻 6,000USD invested in each little #herorat from Tanzania, #heroes #travel #travelbug #holiday #siemreap #asia #outandabout

RAT ABDUCTION.
I wanna take her home! It took every bit of me to say goodbye to this little girl. She's a #hero and she doesn't even know it. Bye #sweet #baby !
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By: @ratshavefeelingstoo
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#herorat #herorats #heroratssavelives #apopo @herorats Amazing. Rats being trained to detect land mines and disease. 🐀 #rat

Meet my second #adopted #herorat named #Chewa. This fantastic guy is trained to #determine #tuberculosis

Chewa is one of the biggest #herorats of all time weighing in at monstrous 1.36kg. Chewa’s weight meant he was always destined to sniff out tuberculosis rather than landmines (just in case he set them off!). Chewa, pronounced CHEH – WAH, means brave in Swahili — but his handlers call him Mchapakazi, which means ‘the hard worker’. Day in the life
In #DaresSalaam, #Tanzania, every morning, a little #medical #specialist known as Chewa gets up, excited about his day. For two 20 minute sessions, punctuated by a nap and some recreational time with co-workers, he quickly tests 100 samples of human sputum for the presence of tuberculosis. He does this by sniffing deeply at each sample then lets his human colleagues know when he finds TB, by scratching over the sample.

An untreated tuberculosis patient can infect up to fifteen other people a year. Almost 10 million people worldwide contracted TB in 2014, and some 1.5 million of those died. The disease is largely curable, but first it must be diagnosed. That's where Chewa comes in.

TOP 5 FACTS
1. Tuberculosis ranks as the world’s first leading cause of death from an infectious disease
2. For every additional patient placed on TB treatment, HeroRATs like Chewa potentially halts the spread of TB to up to 10 other people per year
3. HeroRATs like Chewa screen a hundred samples in 20 minutes, this can take a lab technician up to four days
4. Chewa and the HeroRATs have ledped raise detection rats in public clinics by over 40%
5. There are approximately 9 million new global cases of tuberculosis per year and causing the deaths of 1.5 million people

If you want to support this #lifesaving project, #adopt a #herorat too. More information at https://www.apopo.org/en/adopt

Meet my #herorat #magawa whom I have adopted. One of he #cutiest #rat ever! 🐀

Magawa is a highly trained Mine Detection Rat or MDR for short. Magawa saves lives by using his remarkable sense of smell to safely sniff out explosives faster than existing methods. Cambodia is the world’s second most mined country in the world and Magawa is on a mission to protect #local #communities.

Magawa is one of the friendliest HeroRATs ever but once he gets to work he’s as determined as they come. Based in #SiemReap, #Cambodia, Magawa sniffs out deadly #explosives ninety-six times faster than conventional solutions.

Over 1,000,000 tons of bombs were dropped in Cambodia during the #VietnamWar. More than 100km2 of the country is contaminated with landmines and explosive remnants of war, creating more than 25,000 amputees, the highest ratio of mine amputees anywhere in the world.

TOP 5 FACTS
1. Magawa can search a 200 square meter #minefield in 20 minutes. This would take a technician with a metal detector between one and four days
2. Cambodia is the second most mine affected country in the world, after Afghanistan
3. HeroRATs like Magawa detect explosive chemicals and ignore uncontaminated scrap metal, making them highly efficient landmine detectors
4. With over 25,000 amputees, Cambodia has the highest ratio of mine amputees per capita in the world
5. Magawa and the HeroRATs are never injured on the minefield because they are highly trained and too light to trigger landmines.

If you want to support this #lifesaving project, #adopt a #herorat too. More information at https://www.apopo.org/en/adopt

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