Australia recently suffered bushfires that burned an estimate of over twelve million acres of land and have killed many animals. However, two detection trained dogs are taking matters into their own paws by helping their homeland spot koalas who managed to survive the deadly bushfires.
Missy and Tax are two spaniel-breed dogs who can find the remaining koalas that survived the inferno that Australia recently experienced. Missy and Taz use their sense of smell to sniff out koala droppings.
Missy and Taz’s search for the remaining koalas is far from over, but the pair are doing the best they could to help rebuild the koala population. The skilled pups have rescued seven koalas so far and are both still on a hunt for more.
The four-legged pair spotted one koala together with her joey. Fortunately, both animals did not suffer any burns and were both in good shape. Olivia Woosnam, one of the koala conservation ecologists, said that the infant was slowly becoming an independent because she was already out of her mother’s pouch.
The duo spotted another adult male and female koala just six miles away from where they discovered their first rescued koalas. The dogs’ mission was to save koalas who got stranded at a Queensland’s South Downs forest in Maryvale.
The dogs found further signs of live koalas after walking further in the forest. Olivia shared that the staff in the buildings that surrounded the forest often leaves out water stations for dehydrated koalas to help them quench their thirsts.
The rescue team thought that they would not find any live koalas in the forest, but the dogs proved them wrong. They felt encouraged that their furry companions were able to rescue seven koalas, and they would not even be able to do their mission properly without the pups’ help.