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Magawa the Tanzanian rat, who was awarded a gold medal for his heroism in 2020 and retired from his job of detecting landmines in 2021, has died.

In a career that spanned over five years the rodent sniffed out 71 landmines and dozens more unexploded items in Cambodia.

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At the time of his retirement Magawa had cleared more than 141,000 square metres of land, the equivalent of some 20 football pitches.

But his handler Malen said the then seven-year-old African giant pouched rat was “slowing down” as he reached old age, and she wanted to “respect his needs”. Unfortunately, at the age of 8, Magawa passed away.

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Magawa was born in Morogoro, Tanzania in 2014 and was trained at Sokoine University of Agriculture.

In 2016, Magawa moved to Cambodia’s north-western city of Siem Reap, home of the famed Angkor temples, to begin his bomb-sniffing career.

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