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.
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