Dogs may often act more like superhuman heroes than they do as cuddly pals, despite the fact that labeling a dog a hero may seem cliched at first. We introduced you to a dog a couple of years ago whose heroic efforts may have the potential to help save a species. A particularly skilled Border Collie was putting his life on the line to save the vulnerable marsupials from the ravages of the horrific bushfires that were wreaking havoc over Australia. After receiving an award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the courageous dog has finally received the accolades he deserves (IFAW).
Bear, a Border Collie-Koolie cross, is one of just a few dogs in the world that has been endowed with a special ability that enables him to detect wounded koalas. Bear is a Border Collie-Koolie cross. When wildfires ravaged Australia in 2019, Bear was sent to New South Wales and Queensland to assist with the destruction caused by the blazes. Using special stockings to shield him from burns, the courageous pooch worked with the brave firemen to rescue more than 100 koalas from the engulfed region of bushfires.
Bear has a tragic backstory, despite the fact that he is a great hero. Incredibly, he was abandoned by his first owner when he was a puppy because he had “a unlimited amount of energy and an excessive love for playing,” according to the story. Fortunately, he was rescued and sent to the University of the Sunshine Coast, where he became a member of the Detection Dogs for Conservation group. In this facility, he received extensive training in detecting koalas by their smell.
“Bear and our team are investigating the consequences of the 2019-20 bushfires on koala health and habitat density in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare,” Dr Romane Cristescu, who is in charge of the investigation, said. Detection Dogs for Conservation’s other research efforts include the hunt for koalas, and “he is always willing to lend a paw to help discover them.”
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