Amidst all the sadness and loss of animal lives due to Australian wildfires, we have got something to cheer about. 2 trained spaniels have helped in finding 7 surviving koalas in the burnt-out Australian forest.
These detection dogs used their keen sense of smell to track out koala excrement in order to find them. These Springer Spaniels named Taz and Missy helped in finding out the animals in the forest at Maryvale on Queensland’s South Downs.
During their first day of the search, they helped in identifying one animal and her infant who were found in good health.
“They were in the same tree and they were moving around and seemed okay, we did a visual check of them and we’ve got no immediate concern for their safety,” said Koala conservation ecologist Olivia Woosnam.
During the further search to around 6 miles, the canine team found another adult male Koala and one female.
The Environment group – WWF Australia has pledged to fund more canine teams to help find more surviving Koalas in the region.
Dr. Stuart Blanch, senior manager of land clearing and restoration, for WWF Australia, said: “Finding seven koalas alive amid the destruction in just two days is an encouraging start. It’s great to see that some koalas are surviving the fires and they can recolonize the forest as it regrows.”