“Hero Rat” wins gold medal

A landmine detection rat has been awarded the animal equivalent of a George cross for this “life saving bravery”.

Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, has discovered 39 land mines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance since has was trained by charity APOPO.

He is the charity’s most successful Hero Rat.

Having cheard more than 141,000 square meters of land – the equivalent of 20 foot ball pitches.

Magawa has been formally recognized for his work and been presented with a miniature PDSA gold medal.

He is the first rat in the charity’s 77 year history to receive such an award.

Magawa, who is descraid as a bundle of energy and a real character with a steely determination can sniff out explosives ninety six times faster than conventional solutions.

Christophe Cox, chief executive of APOPO told especially who are waking up every day, very easily, to train those animals in the morning.

He said, rats are intelligent and work at repetitive tasks for food rewards better than other animals.

Their size means they are in less danger when walk through landmine fields.

The rates require years of training before they are classified.

They work for award half an hour a day in the early morning.

One they detect a landmine they scratch the top which alerts their human handlers.

The rates are trained to detect a chemical compound within explosives. And because they ignore any scrap metal lying around they work faster than a metal detertorist.

Magawa, who is now nearing reteriment age can scratch the area of a tennis lowest in 30 min. Something that would take a human with a metal detector up to four days

Combodia estimates that between four and six million landmines where laid in the country between 1975 and 1998. Where have sadly caused on a 64,000 casualties. Magawa work directly saves and changes the loves of men, woman and children. Who are impacted by these landmine.

Every discovery he makes reduces the risk of injury or death for local people. The POSH Animal awards programme seeks to raise.

The states of animal in society. And honour the incredible contribution they make to our lives.

magwa’s dedication, skill and bravery are an extraordinary example of this and deserve the highest possible recongnition.

Combodia has the highest number of mine amputees per capita in the world – more than 40,000 people.