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A landmine detection rat, in Cambodia has collected the highest award in the British animal kingdom for his life-saving bravery.
According to iNew
Magawa (that’s his name) transformed the lives of many residents in a country still picking up the pieces after decades of internal conflict,
Magawa is a landmine detection rat, which means he’s an expert at detecting explosives. He has just been awarded the PDSA Gold Medal – the animal equivalent of the George Cross
he’s extremely quick at finding landmines. He can search the area of a tennis court in half an hour – something that would take a human with a metal detector up to four days.
There are lots of Super Rats, though Magawa is among the most successful. He has discovered 39 landmines and 28 other unexploded remnants to date, helping to free up land the size of 20 football pitches for people to live and work on safely.
He is the first rat ever to receive the honour, following in the paws, claws and hooves of brave dogs, pigeons, horses, and a cat.
Magawa’s handler, Malen, met him on the day he arrived in Cambodia. She says she instantly knew he was exceptional. “We’ve been working together for more than four years now, and I’m so proud of him. He’s very special to me.”
“He’s smart, quick and never misses a trick. He has saved the lives of many people. I hope that one day we can clear all the landmines in Cambodia.”