These rats save lives. And all they expect in return are some bananas.
You can learn everything there is to know about hero rats at APOPO. But get started by watching this TED talk by Bart Weetjens, founder of APOPO — and the original hero rat trainer.
I love his takeaway at 11:17:
"... you may think this is about rats, this project, but in the end, it is about people. It is about empowering vulnerable communities to tackle difficult, expensive, and dangerous humanitarian detection tasks. And doing that with a local resource, plenty available.
So something completely different is to keep on challenging your perception about the resources surrounding you. Whether they are environmental, technological, animal, or human. And to respectfully harmonize with them in order to foster a sustainable world."