A brave rat has been awarded with PDSA Gold Medal for sniffing landmines in Cambodia.
Magawa, is an African Giant Pouched Rat who detects landmines.
This is one of the most prestigious medals for working animals by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), a UK vet charity. It is given to animals who show “lifesaving bravery and devotion in civilian life”.
The medal is engraved with the words For animal gallantry or devotion to duty.
From 30 recipients of this award, Magawa is the first rat.
With his little weight and extraordinary smell, this specie is perfect for finding the landmines. After detecting an explosive, the animal scratches the ground and aware its handler. It is able to search a tennis court-size field in 20 minutes. Those rats are trained in Belgium since 1990s under the HeroRAT project.
7-year-old Magawa is close to his retirement and sniffed 39 explosives in the Kingdom.
We wish our hero all the best, and may his deserved retirement be peaceful and full of treats! We salute Magawa, the hero rat!