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Rat wins the arena’s absolute best bravery award for sniffing out fatal landmines

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Magawa has bee awarded the PDSA Gold Medal for his life-saving paintings [Photo: Courtesy]

This brave critter is a hero of the rat race – awarded the animal global’s absolute best bravery award for sniffing out fatal landmines and explosives in Cambodia. Magawa, an African large pouched rat, has made protected 141,000 sq. metres of closely mined floor – equivalent to twenty soccer pitches – discovering 39 landmines and 28 different explosives.

Trained as a HeroRAT by means of Belgian charity APOPO, Magawa is the primary rat to win a PDSA award for valour and the primary non-canine to win the Gold Medal. He used to be officially introduced along with his tiny medal by means of a reside hyperlink between Cambodia and the United Kingdom by means of PDSA boss Jan McLoughlin.

She stated: “Magawa’s dedication, skill and bravery are an extraordinary example. Cambodia estimates that between four and six million landmines were laid between 1975 and 1998. “Every discovery he makes reduces the risk of injury or death for local people.”

Britain in the past funded a scheme to coach large rats to smell out hundreds of buried landmines in Mozambique. The initiative used to be a part of a brand new £5million mine clearing programme by means of the United Kingdom’s division for global construction that lasted for 3 years.