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Police in China have trained squirrels to act as sniffer dogs

By T.K. Randall
February 18, 2023 · Comment icon 7 comments



Could squirrels replace sniffer dogs ? Image Credit: YouTube / Chongqing Morning Post
Squirrels capable off sniffing out narcotics have been trained by police in the city of Chongqing in southwestern China.
Thanks to their highly sensitive noses, dogs have been used by police forces for years to sniff out everything from concealed drugs to dead bodies.

In a bizarre twist, however, police in China have reportedly decided to try something a little bit different by training up six Eurasian red squirrels to sniff out illegal narcotics.

These particular animals are surprisingly adept at the task thanks to their keen sense of smell and small size which enables them to climb into places where drugs may have been stashed.

When one of them finds something, they alert their handler by scratching.
"The sense of smell of squirrels is quite sensitive," said police dog trainer Yin Jin.

"It's just that our technology in training rodents was not mature enough before."

While the training of the sniffer squirrels has gone surprisingly well, it may be some time before the animals will actually be deployed to detect drugs in a real-world scenario.

You can check out footage of them in action in the video below.



Source: Mail Online | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado 3 months ago
When they find something they go nuts.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Abramelin 3 months ago
Talking about 'nuts'...
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hammerclaw 3 months ago
Sounds kinda squirrelly to me.†
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hankenhunter 3 months ago
Lol, I wonder what the fentanyl LD is for Squirrels. I don't see this ending well for the squirrels.†
Comment icon #5 Posted by flying squid 3 months ago
It's not the squirrels! It's the Chinese fake plastic dogs.
Comment icon #6 Posted by ch4rm 3 months ago
Squirrels have the ability to climb very well and fast. I bet they are way more effective than sniffer pooches.† So cute too!†
Comment icon #7 Posted by Crabby Kitten 3 months ago
Woah I've never seen a black squirrel before.†


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