Border collie-koolie uses his nose to find koalas affected by Australia bushfires

Bear the dog sniffed out the presence of some koalas in New South Wales.

Bear, the "koala detection dog," is able to use his nose to sniff out any koalas and help rescue teams find them, according to a press release from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

His services are being used in Northern Rivers, a region in Australia’s state of New South Wales, where bushfires have claimed the lives of six people and destroyed around 530 homes, according to The Guardian.

Bear was able to detect the presence of koalas in Ngunya Jargoon, an Indigenous protected area in the state, but because of high winds, he wasn't able to pinpoint their exact location.

However, rescue teams said it was "a relief" that Bear sniffed out the presence of koalas, which indicated some are still living in the area.

"Now, more than ever, saving individual koalas is critical. With such an intense start to the bushfire season it will be many weeks and months before some of these fires are out," Josey Sharrah, IFAW's Wildlife Campaigner, said in a statement.

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