This event deserves special attention: the giant African rat Magawa was awarded the Gold Medal "For Courage" in commemoration of her achievements in the discovery of several dozen mines and other unexploded ordnance.
Magawa was born in Tanzania in 2014 and since the age of two has been engaged in a difficult, dangerous, but very important business - the search for mines in Cambodia. According to Aroro, an international non-profit organization founded in Belgium that is engaged in breeding and training rats to perform humanitarian missions (in particular, searching for mines and TB patients - ed.Techcult.ru), the four-legged sapper has 39 discovered mines and 28 different unexploded mines ammunition.
Such an impressive track record makes Magawa the most successful sapper rat. She was the first among her kin to receive the Gold Medal from the PDSA, a British charity for the protection of animals. Previously, such an award was awarded to dogs, horses, one pigeon and one cat who showed valor in protecting people.
The efficiency of Magava's work is amazing: half an hour is enough for her to survey a plot of 200 sq. meters. By comparison, a typical sapper would take four days.
Magawa's profession is in great demand. In 59 countries, people live in deadly neighborhoods with millions of antipersonnel mines. In Cambodia alone, between 1975 and 1998, between 4 and 6 million mines were planted, killing more than 64, 000 people, mostly civilians.
The citizens of Cambodia could watch the Magawa award ceremony online. In addition to the medal, she was presented with a certificate for a tickling session, which she loves very much.