Heroic Rat Gets Awarded a Golden Medal for Sniffing Bombs and Saving Lives

Meet Magawa, the heroic rat which has spent the last five years in Cambodia sniffing out land mines. This furry four legged legend has managed to save a lot of lives in the process. Throughout his career, he has found 71 landmines and 38 items of unexploded ordnance to date. His dedicated work makes him the most successful HeroRAT in APOPO.

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Although Magawa is still in good health, he has reached a retirement age and it’s starting to slow down. Therefore APOPO decided that he retires by the end of June 2021. Even though he’s a rat, his bravery and restless work hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2020, the UK charity PDSA awarded him a gold medal for his work. (It fits on his harness.) “This is the very first time in our 77-year history of honoring animals that we will have presented a medal to a rat,” PDSA Chair John Smith said during the virtual award ceremony.

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As it turns out, rats are perfect for identifying land mines. Their sense of smell is super strong, and they are too light to trigger land mines and simply scratch atop them to tell their handler of their discovery. Scroll down below to see the video where he gets awarded the golden medal.

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Same Crocodile, Same Place 15 Years Apart- Steve Irwin’s Son Recreates His Father’s Most Iconic Photo

We are living in a world that nothing is guaranteed forever. due to extreme pollution and global warming and harmful thing happening the earth is becoming a big mess. Not only for humans but also for animals. They have been massively going on extinct and unprotected by human harm and evilness.

Nonetheless, the rates of extinction that are currently taking place are actually comparable to the rates that took place when dinosaurs were wiped off of the face of the planet.

However, there is still a ray of hope when it comes to people who actually care about other beings except themselves.

I bet Everyone knows the late, great Steve Irwin. He left behind an incredible legacy. He was a crocodile hunter with a heart of gold. Now, his loved ones are doing their best to carry on the tradition. His children Robert and Bindi have continued their conservation efforts. Irwin’s wife Terri is also heavily involved.

1. Steve Irwin was a crocodile hunter and an activist for wild animal rights.

The Irwin family at the Australia Zoo in June 2006: (L-R) Robert, Terri, Steve, and Bindi
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When we remember steve we see that all he ever wanted was that all the animals in the Australian Zoo where he used to work to be treated with the utmost respect. If these animals are not given the chance to hunt down moving prey, they are more likely to become extinct. That’s why the efforts of trained handlers are important. Without their assistance, the crocodiles are unable to feed in the proper manner.

His son Murray made a recreation photo like his father did but 15 years after a very iconic photo of his father feeding the same crocodile. Now, Robert is the one who is responsible for his welfare. The Instagram post went viral and was liked by every animal lover out there. And Robert hopes he can shed light to everyone about animal rights welfare.

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3. His wife and two childrens are continuing his legacy


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