Meet the rat who just won a medal of bravery for finding 39 land mines

magawa-web-save-lives2x-1

Now that’s the face of a proud rat. 


Apopo

Big congratulations are in order for Magawa, an African giant pouched rat just awarded a gold medal for “life-saving bravery” for his work detecting dangerous land mines. 

Born in Tanzania in 2014, Magawa has since age 2 enjoyed a highly successful career detecting land mines in Cambodia. So far, he’s found 39 land mines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance, according to Apopo, a global nonprofit started in Belgium that trains rats for humanitarian work such as sniffing out land mines and tuberculosis.  

Magawa’s impressive record makes him Apopo’s most successful working rat, or “HeroRat,” to date. It also makes him the first rat in UK animal charity PDSA’s 77-year history of honoring critters to win a coveted PDSA Gold Medal. Other animals to get the

Read More