Australian Dog Named Bear Finds 100 Koalas Stranded by Bushfires

A five-year-old Australian koolie dog along with a team of experts has saved more than 100 koalas in bushfire-ravaged parts of Australia since November last year.

Bear is a rescue dog who not only has a social media following but also a documentary called “Bear – Koala Hero” about his work. He has been detecting koalas in areas impacted by the fires since last summer.

Bear is part of the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Detection Dogs for Conservation team which has been working with the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Despite bushfire season ending in March, the search for sick, dehydrated, or starving animals is ongoing.

“If we find them, wildlife carers can plump them up. Their goal is to release them when and where they have a better chance of having food available to them,” USC Detection Dogs for Conservation researcher Romane Cristescu told AAP.

While the world focus turns to the COVID-19 pandemic, for koalas its not over. Badly burnt land hasnt recovered and vegetation has not grown back.

“Some places have burnt so much for such a wide area, some species may take decades to recover,” Cristescu said.

A recent koala population report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare found that 6,382 koalas are estimated to have died from the bushfires in New South Wales alone.

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Australia fire Burning embers cover the ground as firefighters battle against bushfires around the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales on Dec. 31, 2019. (Saeed Khan/Getty Images)

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