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Mine-Detecting Rat Named Magawa Wins The PDSA Gold Medal

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Magawa, an African giant pouched rat has been successfully rewarded a prestigious gold medal for his work and dedication for helping out to detect land mines. This rat has sniffed out 39 landmines and also 28 unexploded munitions throughout his career.

Magawa has been presented with its Gold Medal by the UK veterinary charity PDSA. The award was given to the African giant pouched rat for “life-saving devotion to duty, in the location and also clearance of deadly landmines in Cambodia”. Magawa has saved the place from a total of up to six million landmines in the southeast Asian country.

The PDSA’s Gold Medal has been inscribed with the words “For animal gallantry or devotion to duty”. Out of all the 30 animal recipients of the award, Magawa is the first rat that has been proudly awarded. This seven-year-old rodent has been trained by the one and only Belgium-registered charity called Apopo which is based in Tanzania. This specific facility has been raising all the animals. It also is famously known as HeroRATs. The purpose of Apopo to train all these animals are to detect landmines and also tuberculosis since the 1990s era. The animals will be certified after a year of hard work and also training.

Christophe Cox who is Apopo’s chief executive told the Press Association news agency, “To receive this medal is really an honor for us”. He also added, “But also it is big for the people in Cambodia, and all the people around the world who are suffering from landmines”.

According to the facts stated by Apopo, Magawa is a born and raised African giant pouched rat in Tanzania. He weighs 1.2kg (2.6lb) and also is 70cm (28in) long. Even though his size is far larger than many other rat species, Magawa is still considered to be small enough and light enough that he does not trigger mines if he walks over them.

All the rats there are trained to detect and to be familiar with a chemical compound within the explosives. This means that they totally ignore the scrap metal and is able to search for mines more quickly. Once they find an explosive, they will immediately scratch the top to alert their human co-workers. Magawa is one of then rats that is capable of searching a field the size of a tennis court in just 20 minutes. This ability is something Apopo says would take a person with a metal detector between one and four days to be done.

Magawa only works for half an hour a day in the mornings and he also is nearing retirement age. The PDSA director-general that is Jan McLoughlin said his work with Apopo was a very “truly unique and outstanding” experience. Jan McLoughlin said, “Magawa’s work directly saves and changes the lives of men, women, and children who are impacted by these landmines”. She also added, “Every discovery he makes reduces the risk of injury or death for local people”.

Sources: BBC News.

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Anchovies Seller Who Fled With Police Car Slapped With Six Charges

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BUTTERWORTH, Oct 28  — An anchovies seller, who allegedly stole a police patrol vehicle from the Seberang Perai Utara (SPU) district police headquarters (IPD)  on Saturday, was charged with six offences at the Magistrate’s Court here today.

Mohamad Azrullah Mohd Rodzi, 33, pleaded not guilty before Magistrate M.Kalaiarasi to all the six offences which include attempted robbery, impersonating a policeman, vehicle theft and robbery before Magistrate M.Kalaiarasi.

For the first charge, Mohammad Azrullah was charged with theft of a Honda Civic belonging to the Royal Malaysia Police at the patrol vehicle division of the SPU IPD  at about 9.15 pm on Oct 24.

For the second charge, he was accused of stealing two mobile phones – a Vivo and an iPhone 8 Plus – from Nurul Atieka Mazlan at a shop in Poko Sena, Tasek Gelugor, at about 10 pm on the same date.

He was then charged with attempting to rob Tang Chye Hong at a shop in Jalan Permatang Manggis, Tasek Gelugor at about 10 pm on the same date.

He also faced three other charges of impersonating a policeman while committing all three offences at the same place, time and date.

The charges were framed under Section 379, Section 379A, Section 170 and Section 393 of the Penal Code.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Aisyah Al Humairah Kamaruzaman prosecuted while the accused was represented by lawyer Muhaimin Hashim, who had requested his client to be sent to Hospital Bahagia, Ulu Kinta in Perak today for mental evaluation for a month, which was allowed by the court.

Magistrate Kalaiarasi allowed bail totalling RM17,500 for all charges with three sureties with an additional condition that the accused is not allowed to harass the victims.

Source: BERNAMA

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Woman Shares 12-Month Trial of Spider Bite Turns Into A ‘Crater’

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Recently, a woman has shared the effects of a bite from a spider known as the ‘Brown Recluse Spider’ on social media. Injuries from the spider bite have caused the victim’s skin to have holes as a result of the infection.

The effects of the bite started from a red lump and then the woman’s skin had holes with black wounds, this condition occurred after a few weeks of being bitten by the spider.

The scars from the spider bite are still visible even after a year after the bite.

The woman also uploaded a picture of the ‘Brown Recluse Spider’. A friend of the victim shared the story on Reddit.

“He saw a doctor within 45 minutes after being bitten”.

“14 days of antibiotics, three times a day. Daily treatment for the first two weeks and once a week since”.

“The spider that bit him was caught and put in a plastic zip to be shown to the doctor”.

It takes 12 months of medical treatment to treat a bite because the soft tissue damage caused by Brown Recluse spiders can take months to heal. Brown Recluse spiders are usually not known as aggressive. Although bites rarely cause death, they can cause significant “soft tissue destruction” that takes months to heal.

This species is usually found only in South and Central America and usually grows to a length of between 6 and 20 mm (0.2 and 0.8 inches) – but they can grow larger. These spiders are also said to be the second most venomous spider in America.

Sources: The Sun, Facebook Siakap Keli.

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Woman Beggar 57-Year-Old Arrested With 3 Million Egyptian Pounds And Five Building

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A 57-year-old woman owns five residential and nearly three million Egyptian pounds ($191,164) in bank accounts was arrested by police.

According to Al Masry Al Youm, a private newspaper, the woman faked a leg amputation while using a wheelchair to begin in several provinces of the country.

However, few eyewitnesses claimed that the woman was later seen walking on foot after finishing her rounds.

Investigators founded that she has nearly 3 million Egyptian pounds (795,343MYR) in her bank accounts, as the local media stated.

It’s not only Egypt where some beggars have become rich. Pakistan also has a few beggars that have accumulated some wealth.

Source: Gulf News

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