Cambodia. The famous rat-sapper died. “The Hero is Buried”

Magwa, a rodent that detects mines and explosives in Cambodia and winner of a medal for heroism, he died at the age of eight last weekend. The heroic rat retired last June. His tasks were taken over by a rodent named Ronin.

“Magwa was healthy and most of last week he had spent having fun, but was visibly weak at the weekend “He slept more and lost his appetite,” said APOPO, the charity that trained him.

– the agency added in a statement.

The rat-sapper tracked down over 100 mines and explosives

The rodent tracked down the sapper during his five-year career 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 commitment”. 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.

On this occasion, APOPO reminds that: “Over 60 million people living in 59 countries, from Cambodia to Zimbabwe, exist in the daily fear of land mines and other remnants of past conflicts“According to the BBC, there can be up to 6 million mines in Cambodia alone. In their search, Magawa was able to check a field the size of a tennis court in just 20 minutes, while a man with a metal detector could such an operation would take from one to four days.

Sources: Al Jazeera, PAP

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