I’m sure we’ll remember it for the rest of our lives, even though it occurred more than a year ago. Australia was devastated by bushfires during the summer of 2019-20, which was the country’s deadliest inferno season before the COVID-19 problems. Much has been lost, and the repercussions will be felt for years.
The tragedy has ravaged a 25.5 million-acre territory almost the size of South Korea. At least 33 individuals, including three volunteer firefighters, have died, while numerous others have vanished. Around 3,000 residential structures have been damaged or destroyed as a result of the storm. The University of Sydney estimates that the fires killed over a billion animals, birds, and reptiles. On Kangaroo Island, it was estimated that 25,000 koalas died. Around 8000 koalas have died, representing a third of all koalas in New South Wales, and a third of koala habitat has been lost.
Many of them were saved, though, due to the efforts of volunteers, firefighters, and one dog in particular.
Bear, a six-year-old Australian Koolie, spotted and helped save over 100 injured koalas stuck in the burnt areas left by Australia’s wildfires in 2019-2020.
Bear, the dog who became famous for saving koalas during Australia’s 2019-2020 wildfire season, was recently awarded for his animal rescue actions, according to a press release from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
During Australia’s 2019-2020 wildfire season, Bear utilized his skills to locate over 100 living koalas trapped in scorched areas and need of rescue.
Thanks to Bear, these koalas could get the medical help they needed to recover from burns, hunger, and dehydration.
Bear’s caretaker, Romane Cristescu, expressed her pride in the former rescue dog, saying that he would get more pats and play due to his honour.
‘He’s been such a nice guy,’ she added during her acceptance speech, ‘in helping us find and rescue a lot of koalas, especially during the bushfires, but he works all year to help us construct a better and safer habitat for koalas.’
His previous owners abandoned the life-saving canine due to his obsessive-compulsive disorder, which prohibited him from playing correctly with other dogs.
It did, however, make him an outstanding candidate for the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Detection Dogs for Conservation program.
Bear was trained to distinguish the fragrance of koala fur and is credited with rescuing around 100 marsupials whose habitats were destroyed by bushfires in the 2019-2020 season.
Bear was told to descend lightly to the ground at the foot of a tree when he smelled them, ensuring that the habitat was not disturbed and assisting his colleagues in finding koalas in need of medical assistance.
During the COVID outbreak, Jasper, a cockapoo, was named ‘Animal of the Year’ for his services supporting frontline NHS employees. Only two canines were honoured during the ceremony, and Bear was one of them.
As a result, I believe we can all be proud of Bear and the rest of the team for their strenuous efforts in rescuing these animals in desperate need of assistance.