This year’s Gold Medal winner for the UK charity BDSA is “Life-Saving Devotion to Duty, Location and Permission for Deadly Mines”. Cambodia. “
The 7-year-old rodent is much larger than the average pet mouse – but light enough to walk without setting it in a minefield.
The Belgian nonprofit APOPO in Tanzania trained Magawa to clear landmines in exchange for banquets.
“It’s completely safe to find landmines for heroes like Magawa, they are very intelligent animals, so it’s easy to train.
To date, Magawa has discovered 39 landmines and 28 unexploded ordnance, which has made him one of the most successful at APOP’s Herrods.
It is estimated that there are up to six million landmines in Cambodia BBC, The inscription of the medal reads “For the bravery of animals or devotion to duty.”
Before Magawa, the previous 30 award winners were dogs.
“It’s really an honor for us to receive this medal,” Apopo CEO Christophe Cox told a news agency. “But it’s great for the people in Cambodia and for the people around the world who have been affected by landmines.”