Rats in the Army

Contest Info

  • Started: 3/20/2012 05:00
  • Ended: 3/23/2012 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 20
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Rats in the Army
Contest Directions: Giant rats are being bred and trained to sniff out land mines in Africa. Rats are known for their sharp sense of smell, and their weight is not enough to trigger land mines - these two factors make rats ideal mine detectors. Such "army rats" are are equipped with special GPS devices and are trained to circle around the detected land mines to mark them on a map. The rat training program has started in 2008 and has helped to clean tens of thousands landmines left in Tanzania and Angola after civil wars.
Photoshop rats serving in the army of any country.
Many thanks to AzureSky for the contest suggestion.

Contest Info

    • Started: 3/20/2012 05:00
    • Ended: 3/23/2012 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 20
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
20 pictures
  • Vladimir Putin and his Rat Army

    Vladimir Putin and his Rat Army
  • The Renegade Rat Soldier

    The Renegade Rat Soldier
  • Rat Cavalry Man

    Rat Cavalry Man
  • Rat Combat

    Rat Combat
  • Rat Patrol - New Elite Landmine Unit

    Rat Patrol - New Elite Landmine Unit
  • The Desert Rats

    The Desert Rats
  • Rat with a Machine Gun

    Rat with a Machine Gun
  • R.A.T. Pilot

    R.A.T. Pilot
  • Rat in the Army

    Rat in the Army
  • Giant Rat-a-Tack

    Giant  Rat-a-Tack
20 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: It's most certain that people don't like rats. To be more exact, most people hate them. Let's try to understand why, in detail. "Rat" is a collective term. There are four main "clans" of these rodents, who have firmly linked their destiny with human beings. Norwegian or grey rat. Invaded the European continent in the 18th century from Asia, and later made its way as a "stowaway" to the ships of all sea countries, but has not forgotten Norway – where not quite by right it is taking its name from. It is a large and strong burrow inhabitant – the main type of rats in the USA. Many researches rightly see it as a mammal, that brings the most considerable destruction on Earth. The "Roof rat" is a carrier of plague, which in due time mowed down Europe's population. Sly and agile these creatures live in earth burrows, as well as in attics and house roofs, as the name implies. The Polynesian rat. Three centuries ago when European seamen were colonising islands in the Pacific Ocean, rats were the inevitable "members of the crew" on the ships and active "pioneers". Today small rodents are spread from South-East Asia to New Zealand and the Hawaiian Islands. The small bandicoot. The scourge of the southern part of Asia, is an insatiable glutton, and the terror of fields and barns. No other rat can be compared to the small bandicoot in fertility: female rats can have on average up to seven young rats in a litter every one and a half months. "Lap-dog of the devil": It was a rat that was called "Lap-dog of the devil" in the 19th century. What is more, people said that with pride, as if they were admiring the rat's "magical" talents. And to a certain extent, rats do have something to boast about. The "average" rat is capable of: slipping through holes the size of a dollar coin; climbing vertical brick walls, swimming more than 800 metres, gnawing through led pipes and slag concrete, breeding at such speed, that in one year one rat's offspring can reach 15 thousands individuals. Rats can fill a five storied building to such an extent that the building will fall under their weight but the rats will scatter unhurt. These are facts. And it is no wonder that rats with their dexterity, voracity and sharp teeth through many centuries deserved to be hated by people. Since the time when ancient Egyptians invented the first rodenticide, man has been giving poison to the "lap-dogs of the devil" in thousands of tons. People have been using different traps, from simple rope loops to complex guillotine-like devices. Men smoke rats out, submerge them and set their burrows on fire. They tried to sterilize rats, kill them with the electricity current, even tried to introduce an "improved" breed of cats. In despair men burned their houses to the ground, in order to get rid of the rodents. Nevertheless, it is possible to say that even today rats are inseparable companions of people. On the Philippine Islands in Luzon village people have mass battues for rats from time to time. Killed rodents are estimated at thousands on every rice field: which is quite enough to feed the "hunters'" families and sell them in a local market. The idea of using the rat's oil in food has never occurred to people living in Europe, however in many areas in Asia and Tropical Africa it is a part of everyday menu. Common misconceptions about rats: Those are the documentary confirmation of thte troubles rats brought to mankind. But there are also tales known, and now it's time to disprove them. 1. «Dirty, as a rat»: Can it be tidy with such way of life? And still this statement is unfair. Place a rat in a cage, and you will see, how it carefully looks after herself for the most part of the day. 2. «Rushes as a rat»" A rodent in a laboratory's cage runs up to 32 kilometers a day and, apparently, isn't interested in what will be the result of the run. It is interested, with no doubt, in the process of movement, that is important. But we will be wrong again in case we start to argue that a rat is a good runner. It's highest speed is 9,6 kilometers per hour. 3. «Some rats (especially those living in sewers) reach the size of an average cat»: It is radically wrong. Even the Norwegian, the largest type of rat, weighs less than 900 grams. And home cats are five kilos. 4. «Rats are the first to flee from a sinking ship»: The statement is, most likely, correct. But the point is not a super-penetration of rats, but in the simple fact: their dwellings in holds are to be flooded first of all and consequently rats are forced to flee for their life. 5. «Fights, as a cornered rat»: Very truly, also be careful. If all it's paths of retreat are cut off, the despaired rat is capable to rush at the attacking party, whether it be a cat, a dog or a human. 6. «Hordes of rats»: Probably, the fast reproduction of rodents gave a stimulus for the creation of myths about "armies" of rats marching as in the field of fight. Actually they seldom join.