Magawa can analyze an area with dimensions similar to a tennis court in 30 minutes, a task that would take a human with a metal detector up to four days.
In the past 7 years, the rodent helped locate 39 mines and 28 explosive devices in Cambodia.
The UK veterinary charity PDSA has awarded a gold medal to a rat for its work to save human lives by detecting landmines and explosives in Cambodia.
It is about Magawa, a giant African rat, which in the last 7 years has found 39 mines and 28 explosive devices. The animal has helped clean in the Asian country more than 141,000 square meters of land, the equivalent of 20 football fields, of the presence of possible explosives, for which it has been recognized as a “hero rat.”
PDSA explains that these rodents are very intelligent, which makes their training easier. Thanks to their lightweight, they can walk safely through minefields, and they have a keen sense of smell, which is why they are trained to detect a chemical compound present in explosives. Upon finding a mine, they begin scraping the ground, thus alerting their trainers.
Magawa can analyze an area with dimensions similar to a tennis court in 30 minutes, a task that would take a human with a metal detector up to four days. The work of these rodents is of great importance for the residents of the affected areas, because for each mine they find, a life is saved, highlights the British organization.