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Magawa the landmine detection rat given gold medal for bravery

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Giant African pouched rat has cleared more than 141,000 square metres of land – the equivalent of 20 football pitches

A landmine detection rat has been awarded a gold medal for his “lifesaving bravery and devotion to duty”.

Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, has discovered 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance in Cambodia since he was trained by charity APOPO. He is the charity’s most successful Hero Rat, having cleared more than 141,000 square metres of land – the equivalent of 20 football pitches.

Related: ‘Whistles, warnings, kaboom!’: a day with a landmine clearance team | Jamie Fullerton

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