Rats Taught to Detect Land Mines in Cambodia: Photos

A rat searches for land mines and unexploded ordnance during a training session, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) working with the Belgian NGO APOPO has recently begun testing the feasibility of using large mine detection rats from Tanzania to help clear fields of mines and unexploded ordnance in one of the most bombed and mined countries in the world. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A rat searches for land mines and unexploded ordnance during a training session, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) working with the Belgian NGO APOPO has recently begun testing the feasibility of using large mine detection rats from Tanzania to help clear fields of mines and unexploded ordnance in one of the most bombed and mined countries in the world. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
Handlers train rats to detect different types of mines and unexploded ordnance, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
Handlers train rats to detect different types of mines and unexploded ordnance, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A handler carries a mine detection rat to a cool, shaded area after finishing training, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A handler carries a mine detection rat to a cool, shaded area after finishing training, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A mine detection rat is given banana as a reward after successfully identifying an inactive mine, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A mine detection rat is given banana as a reward after successfully identifying an inactive mine, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A rat searches for land mines and unexploded ordnance during a training session, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A rat searches for land mines and unexploded ordnance during a training session, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A deactivated, Chinese-made, anti-personnel mine is one of many types used to train the rats, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A deactivated, Chinese-made, anti-personnel mine is one of many types used to train the rats, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A rat climbs on a handler's leg after finishing the morning's training, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A rat climbs on a handler's leg after finishing the morning's training, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A mine detection rat searches as its handler looks on, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A mine detection rat searches as its handler looks on, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A handler carries a rat to an enclosure, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A handler carries a rat to an enclosure, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A mine detection rat looks out of it's cage before training begins, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A mine detection rat looks out of it's cage before training begins, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
Handlers feed the rats after a morning of training and tests, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
Handlers feed the rats after a morning of training and tests, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A handler brings a mine detection rat to a shaded area after a training session Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A handler brings a mine detection rat to a shaded area after a training session Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
Mine detection rats nap in the shade after finishing their morning training, Thursday in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
Mine detection rats nap in the shade after finishing their morning training, Thursday in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A mine detection rat naps in the shade after training, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images
A mine detection rat naps in the shade after training, Thursday, in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Taylor Weidman/Getty Images