efe-epaBangkok Desk

A landmine-detecting rat in Cambodia on Friday became the first to be given a prestigious award for bravery and devotion to duty.

The five-year-old African giant pouched rat named Magawa was presented with British veterinary charity People's Dispensary for Sick Animals’ Gold Medal, the animal version of the George Cross (which has previously gone mostly to dogs) for his "life-saving devotion to duty, in the location and clearance of deadly landmines in Cambodia." EFE-EPA