Since the dawn of humanity, the relationship between humans and animals has always been involved in controversy. Since people have repeatedly taken advantage of and exploited them to take advantage of countless activities. Undoubtedly, several species of animals played an important role in our development as a species. We probably would not have come this far without them.
The animal workforce can easily be recognized in agriculture, transportation and even in safe areas . However, many other fields in which they have worked surprisingly are not known. Thinking about it, today, we have listed some of the works that have been outsourced to animals that you may not know about. Check out!
1 – Fireflies to illuminate
During World War I , soldiers faced a major problem when they needed to read maps or other things at night: the lack of light. Using artificial light was dangerous because it was easily detectable over long distances. At that time technology was not enough for them to carry their own flashlights.
Thus, the soldiers were told to use fireflies . This way they could read maps and directions without enemy troops noticing. They were so essential during the war that they were honored , as well as other animals, at a memorial in central London in 2004.
2 – Electrician ferrets
Electricians and construction workers can do a great job of laying the electrical wiring. This is because certain locations can be incredibly tight or almost inaccessible. Very small areas that limit human action can become a real challenge.
Boeing’s solution to this kind of problem was to use ferrets. The wiring was connected to them and the animals were drawn to a particular place with food. In this way cables could be placed quickly in tight areas of an airplane.
3 – Vikings and the Crows
Vikings spent a lot of time in the water. Often they were unsure where to sail, as they were limited to how far they could see. So they created a very ingenious solution to the problem. They carried a crow aboard their ships and when they were at sea. Thus, the bird could fly very high and see much farther than they could.
If the crow saw solid ground, he would go there. In this way the baro could follow the bird to shore. If he could not find land, the crow would often return to the boat to avoid water. Supposedly Iceland would have been discovered using this technique.
4 – Military Dolphins
One of the most popular animals used for military purposes is the bottlenose dolphins. This species is very intelligent and has excellent vision and sonar ability. Which is perfectly suited not only to find underwater mines but also to demarcate them. This will allow ships to avoid them in the future. Dolphins can also assist in the recovery of lost equipment and in the surveillance of moored ships.
5 – Coconut Picker Monkeys
Harvesting coconuts is laborious. For the most part, the task must be done by hand, as machines cannot do it. Besides being a dangerous job, since the person can fall from the coconut tree along with the coconut. With that in mind, Indian and Thai farmers trained monkeys to do all the work. The animals climb the trees for the product and are controlled by a large collar. Primates are trained to perform work in exchange for food.
6 – Pruning of vineyards with sheep
Regular pruning is of paramount importance to wineries. This is because weeds can destroy the crop and excess leaves can cause the formation of mold that can spoil the fruits. The solution found by one company to avoid all the hard manual labor was to train sheep to “prune” the leaves. Trained sheep can prune up to 20 acres per day.
7 – Rat disease detector
On the African continent, tuberculosis is still a huge problem. It is estimated that in densely populated areas, a person infected with the disease can pass it on to dozens of others. Thus, early diagnosis avoids new cases of the disease and enables a more effective treatment.
Therefore, mice are being used by Apopo to sniff samples to identify traces of the disease in exchange for food. Thus, health workers can identify the disease up to 20% more precisely than traditional methods.
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