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(FILES) This file undated handout photo released by UK veterinary charity PDSA on September 25, 2020 shows Magawa, an African giant pouched rat, wearing his gold medal received from PDSA for his work in detecting landmines, in Siem Reap. - A giant African pouched rat called Magawa who spent years detecting landmines in the Cambodian countryside has stopped working and will enjoy a well-earned retirement eating bananas and peanuts, his employers told AFP on June 5, 2021. (Photo by Handout / PDSA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /PDSA " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Cambogia: va in pensione Magawa, topo africano fiuta-mine

Un topo gigante africano chiamato Magawa che ha passato anni a fiutare le mine antiuomo nella campagna cambogiana ha finalmente smesso di lavorare: da ora in poi si godrà una meritata pensione, mangiando banane e noccioline. Magawa, originario della Tanzania, è stato addestrato dall’ente benefico belga Apopo, secondo il quale il roditore ha aiutato a sminare 225mila metri quadrati di terreno nei suoi cinque anni di carriera, l’equivalente di 42 campi da calcio. Ma dopo aver scovato 71 mine antiuomo e 38 ordigni inesplosi “si sta un po’ stancando”, ha detto Michael Heiman, responsabile del programma dell’organizzazione umanitaria in Cambogia. Tra il 1975 e il 1998 in Cambogia sono state disseminate milioni di mine causando decine di migliaia di vittime.

(FILES) This file undated handout photo released by UK veterinary charity PDSA on September 25, 2020 shows Magawa, an African giant pouched rat, wearing his gold medal received from PDSA for his work in detecting landmines, in Siem Reap. - A giant African pouched rat called Magawa who spent years detecting landmines in the Cambodian countryside has stopped working and will enjoy a well-earned retirement eating bananas and peanuts, his employers told AFP on June 5, 2021. (Photo by Handout / PDSA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /PDSA " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

MAGAWA E’ MOLTO PIU’ VELOCE DEI METAL DETECTOR

Apopo ha addestrato Magawa nella sua nativa Tanzania a rilevare il composto chimico all’interno degli esplosivi premiandolo con prelibatezze: i suoi preferiti sono banane e arachidi. Avvisa gli sminatori grattando la terra. Magawa può ispezionare di corsa un’area delle dimensioni di un campo da tennis in soli 30 minuti, cosa che richiederebbe quattro giorni utilizzando un metal detector convenzionale. È abbastanza grande da essere attaccato al guinzaglio e abbastanza leggero da non far esplodere mine. Nel settembre dello scorso anno Magawa ha vinto l’equivalente animale della più alta onorificenza civile britannica per il coraggio, la Dickin Medal assegnata dalla Pdsa, un’organizzazione caritatevole veterinaria Uk, grazie alla sua straordinaria abilità nello scoprire mine antiuomo e ordigni inesplosi. In 77 anni, è stato il primo topo a riceverla, unendosi a un’illustre squadra di coraggiosi cani e felini e persino un piccione. (foto Afp)

</span></figure></a> This file undated handout photo released by UK veterinary charity PDSA on September 25, 2020 shows Magawa, an African giant pouched rat, wearing his gold medal received from PDSA for his work in detecting landmines, in Siem Reap. – A giant African pouched rat called Magawa who spent years detecting landmines in the Cambodian countryside has stopped working and will enjoy a well-earned retirement eating bananas and peanuts, his employers told AFP on June 5, 2021. (Photo by Handout / PDSA / AFP)
This file undated handout photo released by UK veterinary charity PDSA on September 25, 2020 shows Magawa, an African giant pouched rat, wearing his gold medal received from PDSA for his work in detecting landmines, in Siem Reap. – A giant African pouched rat called Magawa who spent years detecting landmines in the Cambodian countryside has stopped working and will enjoy a well-earned retirement eating bananas and peanuts, his employers told AFP on June 5, 2021. (Photo by Handout / PDSA / AFP)