Rat receives award for bravery for sniffing out land mines

A Cambodian rat has been honored with an award for his efforts to clear the nation of its land mines.

The 5-year-old giant pouched rat named Magawa was given a gold medal by a British charity called People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals.

Clocking in at over 2 feet long, Magawa has been trained to sniff out TNT, which has allowed him to discover 39 land mines and 28 pieces of unexploded ordnance over the course of his life. He’s cleared 1.5 million square feet of land, a much-needed resource for local groups.

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