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A Rat Named Magawa Is Being Honored For His Heroic And Life-Saving Work


When thinking of a heroic rat, your mind might first go to Remy, the chef rat in Disney’s hit Ratatouille. Next, likely Pizza Rat — otherwise known as the rat who scored a full slice in New York City. But, there’s a new rat in town, and he’s actually saving lives.

His name is Magawa, and he’s an African giant pouched rat. He lives in Cambodia, and he’s responsible for helping clear undetonated land mines, which is quite a scary job. However, he’s quite good at it — and has already made a huge difference in his community.

According to Today, Magawa has already cleared out 39 land mines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance throughout the past five years. He was trained by a company called APOPO, a non-profit organization that works with animals to help detect both landmines and tuberculosis. They believe that their rats can help solve a bunch of global concerns.

Magawa’s official title with the organization is “HERORat.” And, the title fits. They’re out to prove that rats can do so much more than simply detect pizza on the subway. In fact, all due to the power of scent, these rats are changing the world.

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