Belgian Malinois Navy SEAL Dog Included in Osama bin Laden Raid
A Belgian Malinois. podilatis, Flickr
That's right; the Navy SEAL team that brought down Osama bin Laden counted a single canine unit among its ranks, according to the Huffington Post. The exact identity of the dog, like its Navy SEAL counterparts, remains a mystery. Reportedly the animal was a Belgian Malinois, although reports indicate it may have been a German shepherd.
The dog's role in the raid on bin Laden's compound is unclear, although the use of dogs in the military is nothing new.Belgian Malinois are well-regarded for their intelligence, agility, loyalty, and particularly the sensory abilities that allow them to detect weapons and enemy forces at great distances. It also has been reported that, in addition to their natural gifts, Navy SEAL dogs are given "titanium fangs capable of ripping through enemy protective armor." Yikes.
UPDATE: The mysterious hero dog now has its own dedicated Twitter account. Oh, Internet; we'd expect nothing less from you.