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Cambodia deploys new batch of rat recruits to sniff out landmines

VIDEO CORRECTION: Cambodia has deployed new rat recruits to sniff out landmines We are deleting tweets containing a video that said Magawa, the rat, found 28 unexploded ordnances. It was 38

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VIDEO CORRECTION: Cambodia has deployed new rat recruits to sniff out landmines We are deleting tweets containing a video that said Magawa, the rat, found 28 unexploded ordnances. It was 38

Cambodia has deployed its next generation of rat recruits to sniff out landmines as part of efforts to boost de-mining operations in a country plagued for decades by unexploded ordinance (UXO).

"They are all easy to work with and they don't care about who their handlers are," said handler So Malen, during an exercise on Friday for seven recruits in Preah Vihear province, bordering Thailand."Any one of us can be their handler and most importantly, they don't bite."

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loading1/6A mine detection rat sniffs for landmines in an area being demined in Preah Vihear province, Cambodia, June 11, 2021. Picture taken June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Cindy LiuRead MoreScarred by decades of civil war, Cambodia is one of the world's most heavily landmined countries, with more than 1,000 sq km (621 sq miles) of land still contaminated.

It has among the highest number of amputees per capita, with more than 40,000 people losing limbs to explosives.The new rat batch replaces a recently retired group that includes Magawa, who found 71 landmines and 28 UXO during his five-year career, according to APOPO, an international organisation that specialises in detecting landmines and tuberculosis.

Magawa received a gold medal last year from Britain's People's Dispensary for Sick Animals for "lifesaving bravery and devotion to duty".Handler So Malen said the rats have an extraordinary sense of smell that guarantees results, and that all that separated them was their work rate.

“The small difference is that Magawa is a hero rat who worked faster than others,” So Malen said.Our Standards:More from ReutersSign up for our newsletterSubscribe for our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest exclusive Reuters coverage delivered to your inbox.

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The_Bug_Girl-- check THIS out! Rats doing some very serious work! man i sure do wonder why there are so many landmines to begin with whoever placed those landmines there must be truly evil Really, the headline should be: 'US landmines still killing and maiming in Cambodia nearly half a century later' The reason Cambodia's using rats to sniff out landmines is that the US point-blank REFUSES to provide them with the mine maps and render harmless procedures for the mines they littered the country with during their genocidal assault on Indochina.

nicktherat : Exit strategy. ⚪️ That rat has earned its retirement! Sad. I want one!

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