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Boom crown rat: Magawa the bomb disposal rodent is awarded animal George Cross

Added 09-25-20 04:36:03am EST - “Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, has discovered 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance since he was trained. He has cleared the equivalent of 20 football pitches.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Magawa the bomb disposal rodent is awarded animal George Cross”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A landmine detection rat has been awarded the animal equivalent of a George Cross for his 'lifesaving bravery'. 

Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, has discovered 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance since he was trained by charity APOPO, which specialises in training animals to detect landmines and tuberculosis in humans.

He is the charity's most successful Hero Rat, having cleared more than 141,000 square metres of land - the equivalent of 20 football pitches.

Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, has discovered 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance since he was trained by a charity. He is pictured above wearing his miniature gold medal

Magawa has been formally recognised for his work and been presented with a miniature PDSA Gold Medal, the animal equivalent of the George Cross.

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