Cambodia deploys new team of mine sniffing rats hinh anh 1A mine detection rat sniffs for landmines in an area in Preah Vihear province, Cambodia.(Photo: Reuters)
Phnom Penh (VNA) - Cambodia has deployed a new team of mine sniffing rats to replace the “retired” ones in an effort to boost de-mining operations in the country.
The team comprises 20 African giant pouched rats which were imported from Tanzania and have undergone intense training.
According to APOPO - an international organisation that specialises in using rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis, among the “retired” mine detection rats, there is Magawa that has found 71 landmines and 38 UXO during its five-year career. In 2020, it was awarded a gold medal for "lifesaving bravery and devotion to duty" from Britain's People's Dispensary for Sick Animals.
So Malen, a handler said these rats have extraordinary sense of smell that guarantees results, and what has set Magawa apart from other rats is his work speed./.