London, England – October 6, 2020
Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, was awarded the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals Gold Medal for his “lifesaving bravery and devotion” after discovering 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordinance in the past seven years. The award is the British charity’s top civilian award for animal bravery.
The rat was trained by a Belgian organization that has taught rats to find landmines for more than 20 years. The group works with programs in Cambodia, Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to clear mines left behind from wars and conflicts.