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Some animals are well known for their pliability and the ways that they help out humans. Dogs, horses, and even cats can learn some tricks. But humans aren’t satisfied with that. We have to come up with even more amazing animals to train. Check them out.
1. Perhaps thanks to their high intelligence, dolphins are highly capable of learning from humans and often star in entertaining shows. But they also help out the US Navy near submarine bases by watching over the shoreline.
2. If anyone were going to train this next animal it would be the Germans: they’ve taught a turkey vulture named Sherlock to sniff out corpses for them. Thanks to the bird’s amazing sense of smell, they can find corpses even better than dogs.
3. There are currently eight airports that use bees to screen air quality by monitoring the honey of bees that live on the premises.
4. Crows are another bird that can be trained. Some already help out with garbage collection, and scientists hope to teach them how to sort metal from waste. Today, some will even exchange coins for peanuts.
5. One of the more complicated tasks that animals have ever learned is basketball. A pair of elephants, Malie and Toktak, learned how to play basketball from their trainers, something we’d all like to see.
6. In the 1970s, the UK tried to use gerbils to catch terrorists. They managed to train the gerbils to smell adrenaline and alert the security agents, but unfortunately both terrorists and people who were afraid of flying had high levels of adrenaline.
7. With headquarters in Belgium, one organization (APOPO) uses rats in Angola, Cambodia, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Thailand to sniff out land mines. They’re clicker trained into responding to TNT with food treats, and can sniff out dozens of land mines.