Weight only 1.2 kg, length 70 cm, gold medal achieved





The task of saving the lives of the people is generally attributed to the army personnel and security personnel, but when someone does a unique and small animal, they are entitled to the reward.

Innocent animals are not expected to do such a risky job as to save someone's life, but a case has come to light in London that has caught everyone's attention. This unique animal is a small mouse.

The rat named Magawa has been awarded the PDSA Gold Medal. This medal is given to the animals for bravery. Magawa has detected more than 39 landmines and other explosive material. When he comes to know about the landmine, he starts digging the ground, which makes his carers aware of the presence of explosive substance.

Magawa is trained by Belgian non-profit organization Apopo. This organization has been using animals to locate landmines since the year 1990. According to the organization, Magawa is underweight. Even if it reaches over a landmine, it still does not explode.It takes 20 minutes to examine a field as large as a tennis court.

A UK charity has awarded a Gold Medal for bravery to a giant African-born rat. This rat helped remove landmines in Cambodia. He is the first rat to win this award. This African giant pouched rat is named Magawa and is seven years old.
He sniffed and discovered 39 landmines. Apart from this, he also discovered 28 other such ammunition which were not torn. On Friday, the UK charity Charity PDSA honored the rat.

Magawa helped make the 1.5 million sq ft area in the Southeast Asian country of Cambodia free of landmines. You can compare this place with the equivalent of 20 football pitches. These landmines date back to the 1970s and 1980s when the barbaric civil war broke out in Cambodio. The Mine Action Center (CMAC) of Cambodio says that the area of ​​6 million sq ft still remains to be explored.

Rats are taught how to detect chemical elements in explosives and to ignore waste metal. This means that they can quickly detect landmines. Once they find the explosive, then they alert their human colleagues about it.Their training takes a year. The Halo Trust, an NGO working for landmine removal, says that since 1979, 64,000 people have died due to these landmines, while more than 25 thousand have been crippled.

Magawa weighs just 1.2 kg and is 70 cm tall. This means that it does not have so much weight that if it passes over the landmines, they burst. He can search the space equivalent to a tennis court in half an hour. Humans need four days to clean such a large area with the help of metal detectors.

Magava is now nearing his retirement after completing seven years of age. The San Diego Zoo in California states that the average age of giant African pouched mice is eight years. PDSA Director General Jan McLaughlin said in a conversation with the Press Association of Britain that Magawa has saved the lives of men, women and children who are affected by these landmines.









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