Giant rat earns animal hero award for sniffing out landmines in Cambodia

Magawa was feted by the UK vet charity PDSA.

An African giant pouched rat has been honored for his work detecting landmines in Southeast Asia with a gold medal from an international veterinary charity.

The U.K. charity PDSA named Magawa this year’s gold medal recipient for “life-saving devotion to duty, in the location and clearance of deadly landmines in Cambodia.”

The 7-year-old rodent is much larger than the average pet rat – but still light enough to walk on a landmine without setting it off.

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