An enormous haul of 90 pounds of rhino horn was found in a passenger's luggage during an airport stopover in Johannesburg, South Africa. And the principal investigator who detected the illegal horn was none other than a trained customs dog named Mimmo.
Bloomberg News reported that Mimmo sniffed out the substance in the bags of two passengers traveling from Mozambique to Vietnam via Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport. The South African Revenue Service confiscated $407,000 worth of horn - the airport's largest seizure to date.
It's not the first time that canines have been used to root out poaching. Earlier this year, a team of anti-poaching operatives was formed in Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a sanctuary in Kenya, and its members all search on four legs for wildlife crime .
Donning protective FIDO head gear and ballistic body armor, the dogs at Ol Pejeta target rhino and elephant poachers, smell out carcasses, then track intruders and attack running suspects, pinning them so that rangers can apprehend them. See the canine commandos in action: