Apparently, elephants in Angola and Botswana have an uncanny ability to avoid land mines.

“It’s quite a mystery,” said Curtice R. Griffin, the UMass professor of wildlife ecology leading the research. He estimates that hundreds of elephants have crossed through the mine fields without incident.

“We have not detected any carcasses. We know elephants have an incredibly powerful sense of smell. But how they have come to associate the smell of a mine with danger is not known,” he said.

Sadly, I suspect this will lead to elephants being pressed into mine-clearing duty.