Well done, Bass!
The Victoria Cross equivalent for animals has been awarded to a courageous army dog who detected five IED bombs during a raid against the Taliban, ultimately saving many lives.
The animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross was instituted in 1943 by a UK charity after its founder, Maria Dickin, recognized the number of animals, primarily dogs and carrier pigeons, that had saved lives during the war.
Bass, who completed more than 350 explosive sweeps during 46 operations in Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, served in the US Marine Special Operation Command for six years.
Kaavan, who was dubbed as the “world’s loneliest elephant,” lived in a miserable half-acre of land at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, and was made to perform for visitors before being rescued.
Bass, who completed 46 operations, including more than 350 explosive sweeps, during his six years of service in the US Marine Special Operation Command, is now 10 years old (or 53 in human years), and has retired to San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his former handler, Staff Sergeant Alex Schnell.