A Dog Receives Honors in Australia for Saving 100 Koalas

 In Australia the previous year, a dog bravely rescued over 100 koalas from bushfires and was awarded a gold medal for his bravery.

When he helped save numerous koalas from the terrible Black Summer wildfires the previous year, Bear the Australian Koolie acquired renown as a rescue dog.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) presented Bear, age 6, with a special commendation award for his services during a ceremony held in the UK House of Lords last month.

Bear received recognition for his work at the Animal Action Awards from Sunshine Coast University's Dr. Romane Cristescu via video link.

"We believe Bear deserves to get this honor. According to Cristescu, who was quoted by 9News, "He's been a terrific person, helping us identify and preserve a lot of koalas, especially during the wildfires, but he works all year to assist our efforts to provide a better and safer environment for koalas."

"Bear and our team are collaboratively exploring the impacts of the 2019-20 wildfires on the health and habitat density of koalas," Dr. Cristescu stated in a USC news release on October 26.

In order to locate koalas for welfare rescue missions, Bear also commonly works with local rescue groups. When it comes to Detection Dogs for Conservation's other research projects, such as searching for koalas, he's always happy to lend a helping hand.

Dr. Cristescu and the USC Conservation Detector Canines team train and enlist rescue dogs to locate koalas in need of aid.

Dr. Cristescu asserted that Bear's aptitude for locating koalas that have been abandoned is what makes him a more difficult companion last year.

She added, "When we are looking for a new dog, we inform rescue groups since what we require in a dog typically makes them challenging mates." The atmosphere here is electric, and I can't stop playing."

The deadliest fires ever recorded tore through Australia's New South Wales from 2019 rampage 21.

According to the Australian Government-run Disaster Resilience Knowledge Center, 26 people died, 2,338 dwellings were damaged, and 5.5 million hectares of land were burned in a matter of months.

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  • Anonymous May 8, 2023 at 1:01 AM

    Honours and treats for wonderful Bear.
    What an amazing dog!!!


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