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US News Meet Bear, the OCD dog saving koalas trapped by bushfires

14:57  20 november  2019
14:57  20 november  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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A dog put up for adoption because it didn’t make a “good pet” has been retrained to save koalas from Australia’s bushfires . In the last couple of weeks wildfires have spread across New South Wales, Queensland and the Meet Bear , the dog trained to save injured koalas from wildfires in Australia.

An obsessive compulsive dog who was abandoned as a puppy has a new mission: helping find and save koalas injured in Australia's recent devastating bushfires . Bear , a Cattle Dog cross-breed, is trained to find both koalas and and quolls, another small Australian marsupial, in the wild. "This.

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Koalas struggling to survive the deadly bushfires in Australia have found an unlikely saviour.

Bear, a dog with obsessive compulsive disorder, has been helping animal rescuers by sniffing out the marsupials in burnt out forests.

a brown and white dog looking at the camera: Bear is trained to find both koalas and quolls. Pic: IFAW/Facebook © Other Bear is trained to find both koalas and quolls. Pic: IFAW/Facebook The mutt, a cattle dog cross-breed, is ideally suited to the task, as he is trained to find both koalas and quolls - another small Australian marsupial - in the wild.

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SYDNEY: An obsessive compulsive dog who was abandoned as a puppy has a new mission: helping find and save koalas injured in Australia's recent devastating bushfires . Bear , a Cattle Dog cross-breed, is trained to find both koalas and and quolls, another small Australian marsupial, in the wild.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An obsessive compulsive dog who was abandoned as a puppy has a new mission: helping find and save koalas injured in Australia’s recent devastating bushfires . Bear , a Cattle Dog cross-breed, is trained to find both koalas and quolls, another small Australian marsupial

Dogs should normally be kept apart from the Australian native species as koalas are very easily stressed by man's best friend.

a dog wearing a costume: Around 350 koalas are feared killed in the bushfires ravaging Australia. Pic: IFAW/Facebook © Other Around 350 koalas are feared killed in the bushfires ravaging Australia. Pic: IFAW/Facebook Dog owners are advised not to let their pets to "play" with them and to always use a leash when in the bush.

Romane Cristescu, Bear's minder and ecologist at The University of the Sunshine Coast, said: "This is the first year that we have been involved in the fires. It is a bit more dangerous than what we usually do."

Bear, who is sponsored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), usually looks for sick or injured wildlife for conservation and research purposes.

a close up of a koala: Bear has found dozens of koalas this year, but none since being used in fire-affected areas. Pic: IFAW/Facebook © Other Bear has found dozens of koalas this year, but none since being used in fire-affected areas. Pic: IFAW/Facebook

The brave pooch has been wearing protective socks on his paws to search through areas scorched by fire.

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Bear is a koala detection dog helping find sick and injured koalas in the fire-struck areas in New South Wales. Hundreds of koalas have perished in the bushfires that are still raging on Australia's east coast. But a dog called Bear is among the little heros helping the koala population.

A dog named Bear has been helping firefighters save injured and orphaned koalas from forests left devastated by bushfires . The Border Collie-Koolie cross is the only dog in the world that can sniff out both koala faeces and fur. Wearing socks to protect his paws, he is sent into safe burnt-out areas and

So far, he has not found any koalas in fire-damaged areas, but the IFAW posted on Facebook that Bear indicated there are definitely live koalas in the Ngunya Jargoon Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) on the northern coast of New South Wales.

He has found dozens of koalas in need and for research purposes so far this year.

a dog lying on the ground: Bear uses protective socks on his paws to search areas scorched by fire. Pic: IFAW/Facebook © Other Bear uses protective socks on his paws to search areas scorched by fire. Pic: IFAW/Facebook Bushfires have destroyed around 2.5 million acres of farmland and bush across Australia's east coast in recent weeks,

Four people have died in the fires, which have destroyed hundreds of homes.

Mr Cristescu said: "With climate change, habitat loss and diseases, koalas are just facing too many threats. Those fires are just one of the many things threatening them so we really need to be better at protecting them."


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