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  1. #1 Not a Pest : R.I. P. Magawa, Land-Mine Sniffing Rat!! 
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    This is one of those remarkable stories we all want to read about.

    Magawa, an African giant pouch rat, was trained to sniff out land-mines, and in its 5-year career located over 100 of them in Cambodia for disposal.

    Quoting from the article below* :

    "Trained to detect a chemical compound within the explosives, Magawa cleared more than 141,000 square metres (1,517,711 sq ft) of land - the equivalent of 20 football pitches."

    and

    "Magawa was capable of searching a field the size of a tennis court in just 20 minutes - something Apopo says would take a person with a metal detector between one and four days."

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    Can't speak for everyone, but it gives me a new appreciation for an often vilified rodent. Magawa was quite a hero, and a very sharp rat as well!!


    "Magawa, the landmine-sniffing hero rat, dies aged eight"

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-59951255


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