Meet Magawa, an award-winning bomb-sniffing ‘rat’ who recently retired [VIDEO]
The rat now proudly wears a medal around his neck rewarded to him for his glory days while munching on his favorite snacks.
Recently, a giant African pouched rat called Magawa, who spent years sniffing out landmines in the Cambodian countryside, retired. According to his employers, the hardworking rat will now enjoy a well-earned retirement eating bananas and peanuts.
How did the African rat become ‘Magawa’?
The need for having trained rats who can sniff out landmines arose when millions of landmines were placed in Cambodia. These traps caused tens of thousands of casualties between 1975 and 1998.
Magawa, originally from Tanzania, was trained to sniff out landmines by the Belgian charity APOPO. The training helped the rat learn how to detect the chemical compound within explosives. Once located, Magawa used to alert de-miners of the landmines by scratching the earth.
To appreciate the work done by Magawa, the officials rewarded him with tasty treats — his favorites being bananas and peanuts.
The Work Tenure of Magawa
Referring to Magawa’s successful work career, the officials stated:
The trained rodent helped clear mines from 225,000 square meters of land in his five-year career, the equivalent of 42 football pitches.
While speaking to a media outlet, Michael Heiman, the charity’s program manager in Cambodia said:
But after detecting 71 landmines and 38 items of unexploded ordnance, he is getting a bit tired. The best thing to do is to retire him.
Watch this video to know more about Magawa:
Now the African rat Magawa has retired from hardworking days of sniffing out landmines. The rat now proudly wears a medal around his neck rewarded to him for his glory days while munching on his favorite snacks.
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