13 January 2022
Magawa, a land mine-detecting rat in Cambodia, who received a prestigious award for his life-saving duty, has died in retirement, the charity he had worked for has announced. Magawa, an African giant pouched rat, passed away last weekend.
Magawa was born in November 2013 in Tanzania and he was sent to Cambodia in 2016. Magawa detected more than 100 land mines and other explosives during his five-year career. In retirement in Cambodia's northwestern province of Siem Reap, Magawa was housed in his usual cage, and fed the same food -- mostly fresh fruit and vegetables -- that sustained him during his active career. His death at eight years of age was not unusual for the species.
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