Magawa is a rat-sapper who worked in Cambodia for five years, detecting explosives and mines and helping police officers. Five years ago, Magawa was trained by the charity APOPO in Belgium. Sadly, the rodent passed away earlier this year, but he became a true hero.
In five years Magawa discovered 71 landmines and 28 unexploded ordnance. Two years ago he was awarded the PDSA Medal of Courage, making him the first rat in history to receive such an award. After years of service, the rodent retired last year as he began showing sluggishness in his work.
The charity said in a statement: “All of us at APOPO are feeling the loss of Magawa and we are grateful for the incredible work he’s done. His contribution allows communities in Cambodia to live, work, and play; without fear of losing life or limb.”