Rescue dog named Bear who rescued more than 100 koalas during Australia’s Black Summer bushfires is rewarded for his bravery
- Rescue dog Bear was rewarded for his courage in saving more than 100 koalas
- Awarded a Special Recognition Award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare
- He helped find koalas in need of medical treatment during the 2019-2020 wildfires
- Bear is the only dog in the world trained to sniff koala fur and feces
A rescue dog named Bear, who saved 100 koalas during Australia’s Black Summer bushfires, has been honored in the UK for his bravery.
The six-year-old Australian Koolie was awarded a special medal from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in the House of Lords earlier this week.
Bear and his team appeared on a video link on Tuesday to receive his special recognition.
Bear (pictured) a six-year-old Australian Koolie has been honored by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in the UK for his work to save koalas during the 2019-2020 bushfire season.
Bear and his team appeared via video link on Tuesday to receive his Special Recognition award
Romane Cristescu, Bear’s handler, said she couldn’t be more proud of the former rescue dog, saying he’ll get plenty of extra petting and playtime for his prize.
“He’s been such a good guy helping us find and rescue a lot of koalas, especially during the wildfires, but he works all year round to help us in our work to create a better and safer place for koalas.” to make,” she said during the acceptance speech.
The life-saving dog was abandoned by his former owners due to his obsessive compulsive disorder that prevented him from playing well with other dogs.
However, it made him a great candidate for the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Detection Dogs for Conservation program.
Bear, who wears shoes to protect his feet, has been trained to go to fire-ravaged areas and sniff koalas in the area (pictured)
Bear is credited with saving the lives of more than 100 koalas during the 2019-2020 wildfire season
Bear has been trained to recognize the smell of koala fur and has been credited with saving more than 100 marsupials during the 2019-2020 wildfires after their habitats went up in flames.
He learned to fall silently to the ground at the base of a tree when he sensed their scent, to ensure the habitat is not disturbed and to help his team locate koalas that may need medical treatment.
The team works with IFAW and local wildlife organizations to locate and rescue koalas in areas affected by wildfires.
Bear is the only dog in the world trained to sniff both koala fur and feces.
Bear works with the Detection Dogs for Conservation program team at the University of the Sunshine Coast
The 2019-2020 wildfire season was his first deployment with IFAW activist Josey Sharrad, who said Bear gave the team hope during the devastation.
‘He found koalas in spite of all those harrowing circumstances. That gave hope,” she tells AAP.
It is estimated that more than three billion animals died during this wildfire season and more than 24 million hectares of land were burned.
Bear was one of only two dogs to be honored at the ceremony with Jasper, a cockapoo, who won ‘Animal of the Year’ for his work supporting frontline NHS staff during the Covid pandemic.