Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, has discovered 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance since he was trained by a charity. He is pictured above wearing his miniature gold medal
Magawa, a giant African pouched rat, has discovered 39 landmines and 28 items of unexploded ordnance since he was trained by a charity. He is pictured above wearing his miniature gold medal

Magawa is a bomb disposal rat and has been awarded the Animal Equivalent of the George Medal.

He scratches on top of a found landmine and has saved lives by his actions. I am in awe of the person who trained him as I cannot even get my beloved dog to sit half the time.

He is the charity’s most successful Hero Rat, having cleared more than 141,000 square metres of land – the equivalent of 20 football pitches, and that is some area covered for such little legs.

He is the charity's most successful Hero Rat, having cleared more than 141,000 square metres of land - the equivalent of 20 football pitches

Magawa is trained to detect the chemical surrounding the bomb and all I can say is that I hope he continues to stay safe, and no harm comes to him and the medal is so very much deserved.

Rats are quite cute if you look at them. …….