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Sniffer Rats Hired By Police in the Netherlands | Euronews, World News


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Laura
- 224 days ago - euronews.com
rats in the Netherlands are employed by police to detect gunpowder



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Veronica N. (8)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 12:27 am
Anyone know the species of rat they are using? They looked quite big, like possibly Gambian pouched rats? Or are they Norway rats just bred to be larger than most? Just curious. :)
 

Laura T. (106)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 5:22 am
the image looks like norways but I will pop up more info from another article under this
in a few, it may be more detailed,
 

Laura T. (106)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 5:24 am
try guns.com it was there too.
9/05/13 | by Brent McCluskey
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Trainer Monique Hammer with her ​​rats. The police will use the help of the rats in the investigation of shooting incidents. The animals seem well suited for this, as evidenced during a trial period. © Reuters.

Dutch police have recruited the aid of the foremost detectives in sniffing out gunshot residue: brown rats.

These 10 rats are being trained to help the forensic firearms experts more quickly find the trail of gunshot residue.

They have a highly developed sense of smell, and according to police spokesman Ed Kraszewski, they’re also a lot cheaper to train than dogs.

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A rat sniffs out gunshot residue during a training exercise.

“If we have a suspect, the forensic expert takes the residue from the hands and the rats can tell in a few seconds if it’s from a gun,” Kraszewski told Reuters.

This is a huge leap from the several hours it normally takes to process the residue.

Officers will place the sample behind one of several holes cut into a box. If the rat detects residue, it will scratch at the corresponding hole, and the experts later verify the sample is positive.

But gunshot residue isn’t the only thing these rodents can sniff out. Other countries have already utilized rats to sniff for landmines.
 

Laura T. (106)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 5:25 am
the first article w/out video:
Sniffer rats hired by police in the Netherlands

05/09 18:06 CET

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In the Netherlands, Rotterdam police are going to use sniffer rats to investigate shooting incidents.

The rodents have been specifically trained to find traces of gunpowder.

In Africa, their sensitive noses have been used to locate landmines.

The new recruits reportedly have a stronger sense of smell than dogs.
 

C A H T. (5)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 11:26 am
give them credit for being smart and helpful
 

Laura T. (106)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 6:33 pm
just normal rats not the pouched used in africa
 
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