IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community.
The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading demining efforts in the Kingdom, with their keen sense of smell giving them the ability to sniff out deadly landmines that still litter rural Cambodia.
The rat team rises at 4am, arriving at the minefields to start work at the crack of dawn at 6am. The rodents are able to clear boxes measuring 200sqm each day, according to Lily Shallom, Communications Officer for Apopo, a Belgian non-profit that trains African giant pouched rats to detect landmines in Cambodia.
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