Boom, Boom, Black Sheep

Who’s bright idea was it to feed TNT to sheep?

In 2004, Craig discovered that the bacteria in a sheep’s stomach that help digest cellulose can also rapidly convert TNT into a harmless compound. In recent experiments, he and researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture fed sheep TNT for three weeks and found that it broke down so completely that no traces of it or any related compounds remained in the animals’ feces.

Craig and his colleagues plan to plant grasses in TNT contaminated soil to suck up the explosives. While the sheep munch away, the bacteria in their digestive tract take care of the rest. Craig’s lab is testing the grazers on soil from a military base. He estimates that a flock of 20 could clear an acre of grass in a month, and completely rid it of munitions residue in less than three years.

That ain’t a cud, it’s a SCUD. They’re supplying explosives to the Animal Uprising™. (Obviously, the sheep are able to outsmart the scientists and are hiding the sticks of “TNT” they produce.) Be very, very careful where you step….

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4 Responses to Boom, Boom, Black Sheep

  1. Maggie says:

    Good god! Don’t tell the hadjis in Iraq or A-stan. They could use this info on their goats and such.

    I seem to recall some of the guys over there at the time saying the enemy was implanting explosives in dogs because they knew the American troops (especially) were very welcoming to the stray pooches over there.

  2. Bleepless says:

    Furthermore, good Gaius, the Internet is salted with advice on how to turn your hamster into a fighting machine. Now, who do you think came up with this idea? Those moronic-looking dweebs in the illustration? Hah! Just one look at the sinister glitter in those beady little hamster eyes will tell you.
    Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  3. Sam L. says:

    Scaring the daylights out of sheep is a baa-aa-aa-aad idea, especially if those daylights are explosive.

  4. Lars Walker says:

    As Graham Chapman once said, the most dangerous of creatures is a clever sheep.

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