Last week, Australia’s New South Wales suffered from unprecedented bushfires, with blazes engulfing the suburb city and some parts of its outskirts.
According to UNILAD, Bear, the Border Collie-Koolie cross, has been specially trained to smell koala fur and faeces from a long distance.
To ensure Bear’s safety, he was made to wear special socks to protect his paws.
After taking part in a rescue mission in New South Wales and Queensland, Bear will head to one of the worst affected areas, Cooroibah, north of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.
Bear was originally rescued from a pound and was suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, meaning he was not interested to play or behave like other dogs.
Speaking to Brisbane Times, IFAW campaigner, Joey Sharrad, explained why Bear’s role is so important.
Now, more than ever, saving individual koalas is critical. With such an intense start to the bushfire season, it will be many weeks and months before some of these fires are out. All the while, wildlife will continue to need to be rescued and treated, and might remain in care for some time. The road to recovery will be long.
Thanks to Bear’s efforts, a partially-burnt koala was rescued on Monday and is being treated by vets. He was later named Flash and is said to be out of danger.