28 Mar 2015

An elephant's sense of smell

From This Way Up, 1:30 pm on 28 March 2015


The US military is trying to harness the sensory powers of African elephants to help them sniff out TNT and landmines. In addition, the elephants really do never seem to forget, making training them easy.

Sean Hensman has been studying a group of orphaned elephants on his farm in South Africa, after it was discovered just how good their enormous noses are at picking up scent.