Bear is a former Australian Koolie rescue dog. Previously, he could not find his place in this world. His overflowing energy played against him, since no home wanted to adopt him. Until the day theSunshine Coast Universityin Australiathought he could put this energy at the service of wild animals.
Bear learned to detect koalas
Bear had a very good flair and a great desire to work. He needed to exert himself a lot. L’Sunshine Coast University therefore decided to integrate it into its team of detection dogs. At this school, the Australian Koolie learned to sniff out koalas as well as other wild animals. The goal ? To be able to rescue and preserve animals in the event of natural disasters.
Bear’s talents were put to the test
From his first training, Bear did very well. He was made for this mission. He soon became an official member of the detection team.
Between 2019 and 2020, theAustralia was ravaged by major fires. Bear then had the opportunity to take action and show what he was capable of in a real situation.
This brave dog bravely roamed the scorching forests and managed to find more than 100 endangered koalas. Thanks to the Australian Koolie, rescuers were able to take care of burnt, malnourished and dehydrated animals, as reported People.
Bear was honored for his role in the Australian fires
The performance of Bear have not gone unnoticed. On October 12, 2021, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) paid tribute to the 6-year-old dog. The canine received an honorary award for its work in rescuing koalas.
“We think Bear really deserved this award because he was such a good boy in helping us find and save many koalas, especially during the bushfires. But he works throughout the year to help us in our work to create a better and safer place for koalas.“, said Romane Cristescuthe mistress of Bear.
As for the dog, this prize will earn him extra petting and a new toy, as promised Roman.