Cambodia’s landmine-sniffing rat hero dies

A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said Tuesday.

Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000 square metres of land — the equivalent of 42 football pitches — over the course of his career.

After detecting more than 100 landmines and other explosives, Magawa retired in June last year.

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