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ANIMALS

Wasabi the Pekingese wins US Westminster dog show after standing there as ‘though he was a lion’

Wasabi the Pekingese wins US Westminster dog show after standing there as ‘though he was a lion’

ANIMALS, CONTEST, Entertainment, USA
The flavour of the year at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show Wasabi, a Pekingese, rests on the winner's podium with its trophy and ribbons after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Source: Associated Press A Pekingese named Wasabi won best in show today, notching a fifth-ever win for the unmistakable toy breed. A whippet named Bourbon repeated as runner-up. Waddling through a small-but-mighty turn in the ring, Wasabi nabbed US dogdom’s most prestigious prize after winning the big American Kennel Club National Championship in 2019. “He has showmanship. He fits the breed standard. He has that little extra something, that sparkle, that sets a dog apart,” said Wasabi’s handler, breeder and co-owner, David Fitzpatrick. Show judge Patricia Trotter sa...
Magawa the rat retires after years of mine-sniffing in Cambodia

Magawa the rat retires after years of mine-sniffing in Cambodia

ADVOCACY, ANIMALS, Asia, DIPLOMACY, Entertainment
The award-winning rodent is ending his five-year career, during which he sniffed out 71 land mines and 38 items of unexploded artillery. A giant African pouched rat who spent years detecting land mines in Cambodia's countryside has come to the end of his working days. Magawa, originally from Tanzania, has been the most successful rodent to be trained and overseen by a Belgian nonprofit, APOPO, to sniff out landmines and alert de-miners so they can safely remove explosives. Announcing the rodent's retirement on Saturday, APOPO said Magawa had helped clear mines from 225,000 square meters (2,421,879 square feet) of land. Magawa 'reached retirement age' After Magawa's five-year career detecting 71 landmines and 38 items of unexploded ordnance, "he is getting a bi...