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Rat given award for finding 67 hidden bombs or landmines


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A rat in Cambodia was recently hailed as a hero for finding dozens of hidden bombs or landmines. 

The rat, Magawa, is the very first in his species to receive an accolade. 

A virtual presentation presented by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), which is based in the United Kingdom, showed the recognition of Magawa. 

The organization has been existing for 77 years already but it was just this year that they’ve hailed a hero rat. 

The award was also received by the charity group Apopo which trained Magawa. 

As part of his job, using his ability to detect a bomb, Magawa sniffs through the land. If he smells something, he starts digging the soil. 

According to GMA News, he was able to find 39 landmines and 28 other types of bombs in Cambodia. This is equivalent to 141,000 square meter of land. 

Magawa has already saved thousands of residents in the area because of his acquired talent. 

Because he is naturally light, he hasn’t any accident yet. 

Ryan Namia
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