Magawa: Cambodian mine-detector rat retired


Rat Magawa

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Magawa ‘slows down’ searches with age

A rat, a gold medalist for his heroism, retires from his job as a mine detector within weeks.

During his five-year career in Cambodia, Rat Magawa uncovered 71 landmines and dozens of unexploded ordnance.

But Malin, who is responsible for the seven-year-old giant African rodent, said it had “slowed down” as he got older, and said she wanted to “respect his needs”.

It is believed that the number of mines buried in Cambodia, in Southeast Asia, is up to six million mines.

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