Gold medalist rat who successfully discovered landmines has died at the age of eight.
The rat was named “Magawa”, who had been sniffing explosives in Cambodia for some time and had so far identified more than 100 landmines and explosives.
In recognition of this, the British animal welfare organization PDSA awarded the animal a gold medal for identifying deadly landmines in Cambodia. In this regard, awards were given to 30 animals in which the first medal was won by Magawa Komla.
The APOPO said in a statement that Magawa was in good health and had spent most of the past week playing with his usual enthusiasm but by the end of the week he had slowed down and started sleeping more. And in his last days he showed little interest in food.
It is believed that the rat was 8 years old and was trained by Apopo, a Belgian charity. Apopo experts work hard to enable rats to smell gunpowder. In this way every mouse becomes rare and can recognize a disease like TB, but it requires a year of training.
It should be noted that millions of landmines are still a major threat to humans in Cambodia.
The rat was born in Tanzania and trained there, but weighed less than a kilogram, so it would not explode even if it landed on landmines. They are trained by sniffing various explosives. In the presence of tunnels, they stop at it and start scratching their nails there.