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Topic Reading-Vol.3571-1/20/2022

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2022/01/20 Topic Reading-Vol.3571-1/20/2022

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‘A hero is laid to rest’: Cambodia’s landmine-sniffing rat dies

After the three-decade-long wars and conflicts, Cambodia became the country of landmines. In fact, in 2013 alone, 22 people were killed and 89 were injured by landmines. Sadly, one-third of the casualties were children. To reduce the still-active landmines from the field, African giant pouched rats have been trained to detect them. One of them was Magawa that passed away on January 9 at the age of eight. He was brought from Tanzania in 2016 and had worked as a landmine detector until June last year. During his tenure, he detected more than 100 landmines and explosives. He was honored with a gold medal for life-saving bravery and devotion to duties in 2020 as the first rat to receive the award.

Enjoy reading the article to learn about how a rat could help humans for such a dangerous mission.

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