In Loving Memory of Magawa - APOPO HeroRAT


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  • Mar 29, 2017
    APOPO - The Belgian organization (Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Product Ontwikkeling) who trains rats for the detection of landmines & tuberculosis in a statement says,

    "A hero is laid to rest.

    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.

    All of us at APOPO are feeling the loss of Magawa and we are grateful for the incredible work he’s done. During his career, Magawa found over 100 landmines and other explosives, making him APOPO’s most successful HeroRAT to date. His contribution allows communities in Cambodia to live, work, and play; without fear of losing life or limb. In September 2020, he was formally presented with a PDSA Gold Medal – the highest award for gallantry an animal can receive. Last year when Magawa retired, HeroRAT Ronin took up the baton as the new adoption rat."