The African large pouched rat discovered greater than 100 landmines and different explosives throughout his service, in keeping with APOPO, the mine-clearing non-governmental group that educated him.
His work noticed him win a gold medal from the British veterinary charity the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals in 2020.
Announcing the information on Tuesday, APOPO stated: “It is with a heavy heart that we share the sad news that HeroRAT Magawa passed away peacefully this weekend. Magawa was in good health and spent most of last week playing with his usual enthusiasm, but towards the weekend he started to slow down, napping more and showing less interest in food in his last days. Magawa had recently celebrated his birthday in November, reaching the grand old age of 8.”
The tribute stated that Magawa had left a “lasting legacy in the lives that he saved,” including: “All of us at APOPO are feeling the loss of Magawa and we are grateful for the incredible work he’s done.”
Magawa, who retired final yr, is APOPO’s most profitable “hero rat” to this point, the group stated.
“His contribution allows communities in Cambodia to live, work, and play; without fear of losing life or limb,” APOPO added.
African large pouched rats are clever and simple to coach — Magawa started coaching from a younger age.
He was born in November 2013 at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania, the place he realized discover explosives utilizing his superb sense of odor, APOPO stated. Three years later he moved to Siem Reap in Cambodia, the place he started his profession.
APOPO trains the rats to detect the scent of the explosive chemical substances utilized in landmines and level them out to their handlers.
Magawa’s work has helped the group clear greater than 225,000 sq. meters of land in Cambodia, the place a long time of battle have left the panorama strewn with harmful unexploded gadgets.