3 Animals With Weird But Amazing Jobs
Because sometimes you need the right dog—or goat or monkey—for the job.
Scats and Dogs
The University of Washington's Conservation Canines program may revolve around excrement, but it's nothing to pooh-pooh. The pioneering nonprofit trains dogs to detect the droppings of threatened and endangered wildlife (caribou, white-tailed deer, Pacific pocket mice); this helps researchers keep tabs on species' diets, migration patterns, stress levels and more—without disrupting their daily life. One super-sniffer is Tucker, a 12-year-old black Lab who spends almost every day of his summer on a boat catching the scent of orca droppings. His handlers say he does a whale of a job.