The Golden Globes weren’t the only awards Ricky Gervais were involved with this weekend. The British comedian and animal rights advocate also honored one of the coolest canines in South Africa.
Meet K9 Killer, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois who helps fight against illegal rhino poaching. The pooch and his handler, Amos Mzimba, work at Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves. They’re helicoptered into the park where they find and track armed poachers who are threatening the dwindling rhino populations. It’s a scary job and the pup has come face-to-face with some life-threatening situations, including surviving rounds of gunfire from callous hunters. And your dog thought he was courageous for barking up a storm at the sight of the mailman.
K9’s bravery has paid off. So far he has helped arrest over 115 poachers with his amazing sense of smell, making him the most successful dog to ever have such a job. His accomplishments even garnered him a visit from royalty. Prince Harry met with K9 on a recent trip to South Africa. Don’t you wish your pet did something worthy of regal recognition?
With a record that impressive, Gervais bestowed K9 with the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Gold Medal, the highest honor an animal can receive from U.K.’s leading veterinary charity.
Check out the video of the award announcement and learn more about the very good dog.