Gold medal for bravery awarded to Magawa the bomb-sniffing rat

The hero rodent has helped landmine charity to root out deadly explosive devices in Cambodia

Landmine rat
An Apopo landmine detection rat being trained in Tanzania
(Image credit: Carl De Souza/AFP via Getty Images)

Rats often get a bad rap, but now one heroic rodent is being hailed for his work in sniffing out landmines in Cambodia.

Magawa, an African giant pouched rat, has been presented with the PDSA veterinary charity’s Gold Medal - described by The Guardian as the “animal equivalent of the George Cross” - for detecting a total of 39 landmines and 28 unexploded munitions in the formerly war-torn Southeast Asian country. The miniature medal is inscribed with the words: “For animal gallantry or devotion to duty.”

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