Hero Rat named Magawa is ready to retire.
APOPO, the organization responsible for the training, made the announcement. Magawa will officially retire at the end of June.
Moreover, they tweeted, “With mixed feelings, we announce that PDSA gold medalist Magawa will be retiring this month. Although still in good health, he has reached retirement age and is clearly starting to slow down.”
This rat was born in 2013. His training consisted of three years at the center following which he started working. As a result, he was able to detect 38 unexploded sites and 71 landmines. Sounds like a tough job!
The organization released a statement for the hero rat, “during his illustrious five-year career, HeroRAT Magawa’s work has directly saved the lives of men, women, and children who were impacted by hidden landmines and other deadly remnants of war. Every discovery he made reduced the risk of injury or death for the people of Cambodia.”
In September, the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) awarded the rat with a gold medal award. Hence, it makes him the first rat to be awarded for his heroic services. This comes as no surprise considering his contributions.
Overall, he is the 30th animal to have received the prize.
His small size made it easy for him to step over explosives without setting them off. He can cover an area the size of a tennis court within 30 minutes. A human would complete the same task in four days.
The rat loves running on the wheel and his favorite foods are bananas and peanuts. While describing his personality, PDSA says that he is, “a determined worker and always friendly.”
The 7-year-old rat will spend his time relaxing, running the wheel, and having his favorite foods. He has done his share of hard work
His efforts and hard work surely have not gone unnoticed.