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Magawa, Cambodian hero rat who detected more than 65 undetonated landmines, dies at age 8

Magawa Cambodian Rat
  • A Cambodian rat who won a medal for heroism after detecting more than 65 undetonated landmines and explosive ordinances has passed away at the age of eight.
  • The rat, named Magawa, was an African giant pouched rat who worked for several years in Cambodia before retiring in June of 2020. His death was announced Tuesday.

A Cambodian rat who won a medal for heroism has died at the age of 8, according to an announcement on Tuesday by the Belgian charity that trained him. 

The rat, named Magawa, was an African giant pouched rat from Tanzania who was trained by Belgian charity APOPO to detect undetonated landmines and explosive ordinances. He began his career in 2016 and in 2020 was awarded the first People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Gold Medal for his work. 

Video: Rogue buffalo in China charges through restaurant entrance, tosses unsuspecting customer

Video Buffalo China Restaurant
  • A viral video from Dec. 31 shows a buffalo crashing through the front of a restaurant in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province, in Eastern China.
  • In the dramatic scene, a bystander is tossed into the air by the horned animal, who apparently had escaped from a butcher.
  • The man was reportedly taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries to his leg.

A rogue buffalo, who apparently escaped from a butcher in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province, in Eastern China, charged into a restaurant, injuring at least one bystander.

The video shows two men standing by a counter in the restaurant when suddenly an enormous horned buffalo bursts through the plastic panels at the front of the building and tosses one of the men into the air. 

‘Will it make it home?’: An eagle from Asia has been lost traveling around North America for over a year


A Stellar Sea Eagle from Asia who is thousands of miles away from home has been traveling around North America for more than a year. 

The lost eagle: The sea eagle, whose species is native to Japan, Korea, China and Russia, was first seen in the summer of 2020 in Alaska and last spotted two weeks ago along the Taunton River in Massachusetts, reported NPR

Chinese zoo sparks outrage for forcing cigarette on baby monkey for ‘anti-smoking campaign’

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A Chinese zoo has deleted a viral video of a baby monkey smoking a cigarette after facing backlash from social media users.

“Anti-smoking campaign”: In Hengshui Wildlife Park in China’s Hebei province, a baby macaque named Banjin was filmed smoking a cigarette for the park’s “anti-smoking campaign,” reported The Science Times

‘I have been waiting for my owner for seven years’: ‘Lonely’ shiba inu fetches $25K at Chinese auction

shiba inu

An 8-year-old male shiba inu, which was abandoned by its owner at a foster care center for pets in 2014, recently fetched over 160,000 yuan (around $25,000) at an auction in China. 

Boi finds a home: The dog named Deng Deng was put up for auction with a starting bid of 500 yuan ($78) on Wednesday morning by the Chaoyang District Court in Beijing, reported South China Morning Post.

The groundbreaking legal fight to free Happy the lonely elephant by granting her the same rights as a person

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Animal rights activists are hoping New York’s highest court can finally grant freedom to Happy, the female Asian elephant who has been held in captivity in the Bronx Zoo most of her life. 

The pursuit of Happy’s happiness: Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), the animal rights group leading the fight for Happy’s freedom, is relying on the New York Court of Appeals to recognize the elephant’s “personhood” in a last-ditch effort to save her, reported Time.

Thai Rescue Worker Revives Baby Elephant Hit by Motorbike Using CPR

baby elephant

A man in Thailand used CPR to save the life of a baby elephant that was struck by a motorbike while crossing a road in the southeastern province of Chanthaburi.

Rescue worker Mana Srivate, who was off-duty when the accident occurred on Sunday, has performed dozens of resuscitations in his 26-year career, but this was the first time he’s done it on an elephant, BBC reported.