Boston museum to protect art with pest-sniffing dog

BOSTON — Boston's venerable Museum of Fine Arts has gone to the dogs.

The museum on Wednesday introduced the newest addition to its staff, a Weimaraner puppy named Riley that will be trained to sniff out insects or other pests that could potentially damage priceless works of art.

Riley belongs to and will be trained by Nicki Luongo, the museum's director of protective services.

Deputy Director Katie Getchell tells The Boston Globe that insects are an ongoing concern for museums and there already are existing protocols in place to handle potential infestations. Riley will add another layer and help sniff out pests humans can't see.

Getchell says she's not aware of another institution using a dog for similar work.

Riley will be used behind the scenes and won't be seen by visitors.

___

Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

More Travel News

Dubai opens massive Marvel-branded indoor theme park

Aug 31, 2016

Dubai has opened the world's largest indoor theme park, featuring popular Marvel and Cartoon Network-branded rides in the latest addition to a myriad of attractions in this city-state

Tommy Hilfiger puts on a really big show; Thakoon returns

Sep 10, 2016

Tommy Hilfiger teamed up with supermodel Gigi Hadid for his latest collection, and then staged a huge carnival on a Manhattan pier to display it, complete with fairground rides, arcade games and cotton candy

Japan naming 88 manga, animation landmarks to boost tourism

Sep 17, 2016

Eighty-eight places in Japan are going to be designated "animation spots" to encourage tourism _ using train stations, school campuses, rural shrines and other fairly everyday places where popular "manga" characters are depicted

To travel is to live. Unearth your next travel destination here with The Travel Trooper. We love what we do and looking forward to more #travelsquad joining us in this journey.

Contact us: sales@thetraveltrooper.com