Wednesday Creature Feature ~ October 7, 2020



Hero Rat Wins A Top Animal Award For Sniffing Out Land Mines!

When you think of a hero animal one would not necessarily think of a rat as being a hero but in this instance that is exactly what happened. Britain has given their hero animal award to a rat. The animal has detected dozens of landmines in Cambodia and has believed to have saved many lives.

Magawa is a Tanzanian-born African giant pouched rat who has been trained by the nonprofit APOPO to sniff out explosives. With careful training, he and his rat colleagues learn to identify land mines and alert their human handlers, so the mines can be safely removed.

Click here to learn so much more on the courageous animal.

‘Knoxville tiger’ Could be Bobcat or Cougar, says Zoo Knoxville Expert!

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Lately there has been a “tiger” roaming around Knoxville, TN. Many people have claimed that it is a tiger but experts are saying that it very well could be a cougar or bobcat especially with it being in the area that it is in. There have been other calls about mistaken animals in the past and most have turned out to be bobcats.

Cougars have migrated into the western part of Tennessee over the past few years. According to TWRA, since September of 2015, there have been a few confirmed sightings of cougars in Tennessee.

Of course nothing is impossible with the way people are owning wild animals these days.

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Editor ~ Chelsea Dugger

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