A little while ago devastating bushfires ravaged parts of New South Wales and Queensland in Australia. The fires destroyed houses and also led to many animals being hurt and/or killed. In fact, despite prompt response by many citizens, koalas and other animals succumbed to burn injuries. 

Koala injured in Australia

Now, a team has been set up to search for any koalas that may have survived the bushfires. And an important member of the team is the ‘goodest boi ever’, Bear, who helps detect surviving koalas. 

Bear, who is a border collie mix, has been specially trained to sniff out and detect koalas who may be orphaned, injured, misplaced, or sick. In fact, in order to be able to detect koalas, you need a special set of skills, which includes hyperfocus and a lack of prey drive – two things Bear excels at.

Dog Bear in Australia

Bear, who is six years old now, was actually abandoned as a pup for the very qualities that make him an amazing detection dog. But, he was adopted by Detection Dogs for Conservation, and today, he does his best to find injured koalas. 

This is Bear. He was abandoned as a puppy due to his OCD, but quickly found a new life as a koala detection dog. As wildfires devastate Australia’s east coast, Bear is doing his best to locate any injured or misplaced koalas. He’s their unexpected savior, and our thirteenth 15/10

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Here’s hoping that with Bear’s help, the Koalas have a fighting chance to survive the devastating fires.

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