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I had no idea there were such rats.

Magawa, the famous mine-clearing rat who was awarded a gold medal for his heroism, has died at the age of eight.

In a five-year career, the rodent sniffed out over 100 landmines and other explosives in Cambodia.

Magawa was the most successful rat trained by the Belgian charity Apopo to alert human handlers about the mines so they can be safely removed.

The charity said the African giant pouch rat "passed away peacefully" at the weekend.


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I didn't know they had mine-sniffing rats, either. I know they've worked with other critters. There's a lot of research on ONR's projects where they trained dolphins to sniff out mines in the water.
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