Magawa, African rat that hunted land mines in Cambodia, dies

The famous African rat Magawa sniffed out more than 100 land mines in Cambodia, possibly saving thousands of lives. Over the weekend, Magawa died peacefully, according to a press release by APOPO, an organization that trains rats like Magawa to hunt land mines.

“A hero is laid to rest,” APOPO said in Tuesday’s release, “Magawa will leave a lasting legacy in the lives that he saved as a landmine detection rat in Cambodia.”

Magawa was part of a program called HeroRAT, which now has 96 rats detecting land mines, 32 rats detecting tuberculosis and 44 rats deployed in research and innovation.

In full: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/01/11/magawa-rat-hunted-land-mines/9173710002/

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