chosen one the hero rat

Emma got me a totally great present for my birthday yesterday – an adopted HeroRat from Tanzania. It’s a kind of odd concept initially – it’s through an organization which uses trained rats to detect landmines.

From the adoption letter:

Dear Andrew,

Thank you very much for adopting me. Let me introduce myself: My name is Chosen One and I am an African giant pouched rat. I am no standard rat however because I save lives! I am a herorat, trained to sniff out unexploded landmines in Africa.

Every 20 minutes someone is killed or injured by a landmine. Often they are children. My job is to find the mines before the kids do. Luckily, I have two great advantages over the Children. The first is my nose: I can smell explosives even when they are underground. The second is my size: I am too light to set off the mines.

As a mine detector, I have other advantages too. I am cheap – I work for peanuts. I am easy to train and I don’t mind repetitive tasks. Now that I am trained, I can clear 100 square metres in 30 minutes.

I am now in the final stages of my training and am being prepared to go work in the real mine field. My trainer abdulla, is one of the top trainers here- all his rats pass their tests without a miss!

I promise to do my best to make you proud of me. With your support, I am sure I will soon be out there finding mines and, most important of all, saving kids and innocent adults from hurting themselves. Together we will save lives and limbs.

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