“At the end of their training, they get an accreditation test,” Pursey said. “Once passing, they are brought to the country they’ll be working in and are tested again, in addition to daily reinforcement training and practice.”
During fieldwork, landmine rats are sent out to survey suspected areas for underground explosives. Unlike other search methods, which include metal detectors and careful digging over the course of five days, the rats can clear land the size of a tennis court in just 20 minutes.
While it may seem dangerous, the rats are far too light to detonate any of the explosives. Once they finish surveying and have signaled any problem areas, the rats return home and separate contractors can safely detonate the explosives.