randomposting (randomposting) wrote,

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A landmine-detection outfit in Mozambique has upgraded from
explosives-sniffing dogs to giant African Hamster rats, according
to a December Agence France-Presse dispatch, because the lighter,
more plentiful rats have noses that are just as sensitive and don't
suffer dogs' need for affection and constant reassurances. And
Northern Arizona University Professor Con Slobodchikoff, who
spoke to the Albuquerque Journal in December about his two
decades of elaborate, patient, desert research, said that prairie dogs
he has studied at three locations in the Southwest speak in different
dialects but would likely understand each other, can even invent
sounds for new things, and perhaps can even gossip.

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