Meet the Retiring Rat Hero Who Saves Lives From LandminesFor five years, a heroic soul has been crisscrossing rice fields and open spaces in Cambodia, searching for unexploded landmines left over from the Cambodian Civil War and the Vietnam War. During his tenure, he’s cleared some 225,000 square meters and detected 71 landmines, and 38 additional pieces of unexploded ordinance. He’s hit retirement age, and though his handlers say he’s in fine health, they say he’s slowing down a bit and is ready for a life of leisure in his golden years. “That’s why we came up with the idea of using rats, because rats are fast,” said APOPO’s CEO, Christophe Cox. But now, he’ll hang that medal over his little rat mantle, kick back on a rocking chair and enjoy some well deserved rest.