Not all animal superheroes wear capes, but they do get gold medals! Magawa, a landmine detection rat who has been saving lives in Cambodia, has been awarded the PDSA Gold Medal for his bravery and devotion to duty. Awarded by the UK’s leading veterinary charity, the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, this medal is the animal equivalent of the George Cross.
HeroRAT Magawa (yes, that is his official job title) is the first rat in the charity’s 77-year history of honoring animals to receive a PDSA Medal. He joins the ranks of courageous dogs, brave horses, valorous pigeons, and an intrepid cat.
Magawa is an African giant pouched rat who has been trained to detect landmines by charity APOPO. He’s also the charity’s leading and most successful rodent. To date, Magawa the HeroRAT has discovered 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance. He also cleared and made safe over 141,000 square meters (over 1.5 million square feet) of land for local people. Magawa proves that even the smallest animal can change the…
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