A Bitch Helps Rescue Koalas Among The Huge Fires In Australia

Sydney (Australia), Jan. 16 (EFE) .- A dog trained to track animals helps Australian forest guards find koalas in danger from the huge fires that ravage Australia and have claimed the lives of millions of animals.

The four-year-old dog of the English springer spaniel breed sniffs the wooded terrain at risk of fires in order to detect this iconic marsupial that lives in Australia and has become one of the main victims of the fires.

Accompanied by his trainer, Ryan Tate, the animal marks with a stop the trees where the koalas are located, usually several meters high and clinging to the trees, so that the guards proceed to the rescue and move the marsupials to a place to Save from the flames

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Taylor, as this white and brown spotted dog is called, has helped rescue at least 15 koalas in the eastern state of New South Wales since in September the forest fires that have already razed land larger than the size of Ireland.

"In optimal conditions you can locate and track a koala more than 125 meters away," said the coach, owner of the Tate animal training center, on Thursday in an email sent to Efe.

This peculiar duo of rescuers can cover between 10 and 35 kilometers of forest land per day.

Since last September, the fires have swept an area of ​​more than 80,000 square kilometers and have killed 28 people.

The Australian meteorological service said Thursday that they do not expect heavy rains until the month of March that can alleviate the dry climate that fuels the fires.

According to estimates by protectionist groups, forest fires have also killed more than 8,000 koalas, a species already classified as 'vulnerable' and threatened by drought, diseases and deforestation.

The severity of forest fires causes fear of the disappearance of the koalas, whose population throughout the country is around 80,000 copies according to the Koala Australia Foundation, if this type of catastrophe continues and the remaining eucalyptus forests are not protected.

Up to one billion animals, mainly mammals, birds and reptiles, would have been affected as a result of these devastating fires, according to the estimate of Australian environmentalists. EFE

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