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The famous African mine detection rat named Magawa, who has saved hundreds of lives by finding over 100 landmines in Cambodia, died over the weekend, according to his organisation, APOPO, which trains fellow rats like Magawa to track landmines. A hero is laid to rest. He will leave a lasting legacy in the lives that he saved as a landmine detection rat in Cambodia, “said APOPO in a statement released yesterday.” Magawa, who was originally born in Tanzania by the Sokoine University of Agriculture’s training and breeding unit and arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia after three years, was part of […]

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7 hours ago, HiuMak said:

RIP, unsung hero

Not to be too semantic, but the accolades being heaped on the rodent preclude it being described as "unsung".

"The famous African mine detection rat..."

"...who(sic. Should read 'which') has saved hundreds of lives..."

"A hero is laid to rest."

"...part of a HeroRAT program..."

"...a most successful HeroRAT..."

"...brave creature was formally awarded the PDSA Gold Medal in September 2020, the highest honour for courage an animal can get."


It (not, 'he') was a trained rat. Its maze was a minefield. It did its job well because...

it loved bananas.

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