Hero mine-clearing rat Magawa retires

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Hero mine-clearing rat Magawa retires

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Not something you hear about every day. Plus the rats aren't heavy enough to set off the landmines.
A mine-detecting rat who was awarded the animal equivalent of a George Cross for successfully locating landmines will now retire from his job.

Seven-year-old Magawa, who was trained by the Belgium-registered charity APOPO, discovered 71 landmines and 28 unexploded munitions in Cambodia - clearing more than 141,000 square metres of land - during his career.

Now, five years after he first took to the field, the hero rat's handler Malen said the rodent was beginning to 'slow down' as he neared old age and it was time to 'respect his needs'.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... Cross.html

Magawa introduction starts at the 5:40 mark
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