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Army trains mongoose to locate hidden explosives

By Lalith Perera

The Army is training mongooses to locate hidden explosives, including mines.

The training is being conducted at the Mattegoda Army camp and two animals have already completed their training.

Major Supun Herath, who oversees the training, said that a mongoose, once trained properly, can detect hidden explosives more effectively than sniffer dogs.

He said that the mongoose can detect explosives hidden much deeper since they are short animals.

Major Supun Herath said that nine mongooses are already being trained for this purpose.

He also said that it is easier to train a domesticated mongoose as opposed to those taken from the wild.

As a result the Army has begun to breed mongooses at the Army camp in order to train the animals from a young age.

Pictures by Lalith Perera