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Magawa, Cambodia's mine clearance rat


HEROIC ANIMALS (4/4) - With 39 landmines and 28 unexploded ordnance on the clock, Magawa has helped clear over 1.5 million square meters of land in Cambodia, and saved countless lives.


British pigeon Cher Ami

, the Hong Kong cat Simon,

the Syrian brown bear Wojtek

, the Tanzanian rat Magawa ... Decorated or ranked, they all took part in the last great modern conflicts, carrying out missions as dangerous as they are heroic.

Throughout the week, Le Figaro tells you the extraordinary story of these animals.

Considered for centuries as undesirable and propagators of epidemics, rats have a reputation that does not work in their favor.

And yet, some have a more powerful sense of smell than that of a dog, in addition to a miniature size and an extraordinary curiosity: the Cricetoma in particular is recognized for its ability to understand and assimilate very quickly.

The Belgian association APOPO has been able to use their intelligence by training several of these rodents to detect landmines, as well as tuberculosis.

Among the many rats trained by the association, Magawa, originally from Tanzania, stood out for its effectiveness.

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Source: lefigaro

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