WHY DID BRAVE DOG MALI GET A MEDAL?
A VERY special dog has been awarded a medal.
Mali, a Belgian Malinois, received the Dickin Medal for saving the lives of army troops during their service in Afghanistan.
Mali was thanked for helping British forces find enemy fighters during an eight-hour operation to get a heavilyarmed Taliban force away from a multi-storey building.
The dog was sent through direct fire twice but lived to tell the tale. But his efforts weren’t without injury. Mali was wounded by three grenade blasts, causing injuries to his chest and legs. One of the explosions happened near his face, causing the loss of his front tooth.
The Dickin Medal is awarded by animal charity the PDSA, and is the UK’s highest honour for animal bravery.
Mali is the 69th animal to be awarded the medal, and the 32nd dog to win it. Messenger pigeons in World War II, four horses and a cat have also won the Dickin Medal.
Mali and his medal In other dog news, a new study published in Nature, has found that dog owners have healthier hearts and live longer! Some 3.4 million Swedes were studied for the report.