Magawa, the landmine-sniffing hero rat, dies aged eight

1 :Anonymous2022/01/11(Tue) 13:28:22ID: s1cwfr
Magawa, the landmine-sniffing hero rat, dies aged eight
2 :Anonymous2022/01/11(Tue) 13:39:42ID: hs7dsce

That’s an absurdly old age for a rat, maybe something to do with the specific species

He looks like he’s seen some shit

ID: 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 work

ID: 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.

3 :Anonymous2022/01/11(Tue) 13:31:13ID: hs7cqvc

Magawa's obituary from, a non profit that trains rats to detect landmines and TB.

4 :Anonymous2022/01/11(Tue) 14:10:03ID: hs7hpth

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

Absolute Legend!

5 :Anonymous2022/01/11(Tue) 14:02:48ID: hs7gr5z

What a good boy he was.

8 :Anonymous2022/01/11(Tue) 13:36:03ID: hs7dbuz

It's always the one you don't smell that gets you.