The rat was awarded a medal for bravery for finding mines

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Medal for bravery in the animal world was awarded to African giant rat from Cambodia, which discovered 39 mines and 28 other substances, having explored the territory of 141 thousand square meters. This was announced on Friday, September 25, The Mirror reports.

The rodent named Magawa was the first animal in the world, except dogs, to receive this award. “Self-sacrifice, skill and bravery of Magawa is an outstanding example,” said the chief of the commission Ian McLaughlin.

The awarding ceremony was held online. According to the head of the awarding committee, up to six million land mines were laid in Cambodia between 1975 and 1998. Thus, the work of animals saves the lives of local people.

The mines remained on the territory of Cambodia after a long civil war in the late XX century.