The huge animals are being taught how to use their trunks’ super-strength sense of smell to detect explosives
You’ve heard of a military task force, now army chiefs have sniffed out a potentially huge innovation – a military tusk force.
Elephants are being trained to use their trunks’ super-strength sense of smell to detect explosives and minefields.
The animals are proving to be brilliant at identifying which of the buckets in front of them has TNT scent stapled to the bottom.
Sean Hensman, of the game ranch in South Africa where the US Army-backed tests are being carried out, said: “An elephant’s nose is amazing.”
There will be no Nellies on the battlefield. Robotic drones would collect ground samples for the animals to sniff.