The heroic rat retired last June. His tasks were taken over by a rodent named Ronin.
“Magwa was healthy and he spent most of the last week playing, but he was visibly weak over the weekend – he slept more and he was losing his appetite. We all feel the loss of Magawa and are grateful for the amazing work he has done. His input has allowed people in Cambodia to live, work and have fun. without fear of losing his life or health The hero is buried – informed the charity APOPO, which trained him.
During its five-year minesweeper career, the rodent tracked over 100 mines and explosives in Cambodia, which is one of the most mined countries in the world. The training of mine-tracking rats is designed to reduce the danger to humans who have to disarm and remove explosives.
In 2020, Magawa was awarded the Gold Medal of the PDSA (British charity People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) for “life-saving courage and dedication to responsibilities.” This is the first rat to receive this award.
Magawa belonged to the genus of big rats (Cricetomys ansorgei). He was born in Tanzania at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). In 2016, he was assigned to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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