- Magawa, the landmine-sniffing hero rat, dies aged eight
That’s an absurdly old age for a rat, maybe something to do with the specific species
He looks like he’s seen some shitID: hs7eq79
The Gambian pouched rat, more commonly known as the African giant pouched rat can usually live to around 7 years of age. He got to 8 which shows how much they cared for him and how much he was loved.
And he sniffed out over 70 land mines so definitely saw some shit.ID: hs7l870
It ain’t much but it’s honest workID: hs7edo2
You're right in that it is the species. An African giant pouched rat can live to be more than seven years in captivity vs the 2 - 3 year lifespan of the regular domesticated rat.
Magawa's obituary from APOPO.org, a non profit that trains rats to detect landmines and TB.
Trained to detect a chemical compound within the explosives, Magawa cleared more than 141,000 square metres (1,517,711 sq ft) of land - the equivalent of 20 football pitches.
Magawa was capable of searching a field the size of a tennis court in just 20 minutes - something Apopo says would take a person with a metal detector between one and four days.
That mouse was a Legend. RIP little champ.ID: hs7htnn
What a good boy he was.
It's always the one you don't smell that gets you.