Elephants can smell land mines, scientists find
| Updated Feb 04, 2017 at 10:00am
Elephants have become the latest creatures to join humans in the battle to detect explosives and potentially save lives.
Researchers in South Africa have proven that the enormous creatures can sniff out explosives using their keen sense of smell.
It was first noticed that elephants can detect explosives in Angola, when the creatures returned following a war in 2002, which left the ground littered with mines.
Researchers wanted to uncover whether elephants could smell the explosives, or whether they avoided certain areas because elephants had died there in the past.
To make their findings, experts gave elephants in Bela-Bela, a town north of the South African capital of Pretoria, smelling tests.
The remarkable animals were able pick up TNT samples 73 out of the 74 times in a line of buckets, according to Ashadee Kay Miller, a zoology student at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, MailOnline reported.