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Meet the Brave Dogs Saving Koalas From Australia’s Deadly Wildfires

The hard work of these koala-sniffing dogs has led to many successful rescues!

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(TMU) — Australia is having one of the worst bush fire seasons in memory. The fires have ripped through more than 6 million hectares (14.8m acres) of land in the states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. At least 25 people have died so far and 480 million mammals, birds and reptiles are estimated to have died in NSW alone since September.

Most of the koala population are feared to have died in the fires. These adorable marsupials flee to the top of trees to escape fires, the worst place for them to be in those circumstances and difficult for rescuers to see and rescue—a task that has become easier with a pair of koala sniffing dogs.

Bear, a border collie cross, and Taylor, a springer spaniel, have become true heroes in their koala saving efforts.

Bear is working with non-profit IFAW Australia and trained to detect and rescue koalas at University of the Sunshine Coast. Bear’s high energy made him the perfect candidate and he is now part of a team doing on ground research and monitoring of koalas in the wild.

“Bear is a happy soul, always keen to be on the move and do something,” Romane Cristescu, Bear’s trainer, told Australian Geographic. “His worst nightmare is to be left behind when you go to work—luckily for him, we are allowed to bring our dogs to work every day.”

Meet Bear, a trained koala detection dog with a nose for sniffing out animals in bushfire emergencies

WATCH: Bear, the collie cross, was abandoned by his original owners. Now he’s found a new purpose as a conservation detection dog, tracking and saving koalas injured in recent bushfires.More: https://7news.link/Y5xhMz#7NEWS

Posted by 7NEWS Australia on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Taylor has already found eight koalas this season from the scent of either koala fur or scat. She was bred from working lines and her siblings and dad work in animal detection. Taylor can also scent quolls, foxes, cats, rabbits, and rats, and also mark for predators nearby when working.

For months now Port Macquarie has been getting hammered by bush fires.Taylor and Ryan have managed to get out for a…

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Koala detection dogs will alert under the tree, as close to the koala’s location as possible. Volunteers and aid workers can then spot the animal, scale the tree indicated, and rescue the koala.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital in NSW is caring for over 30 burn victims, thanks to generous donations from people around the world. You can help here.

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As Marine Life Flees the Equator, Global Mass Extinction is Imminent: Scientists

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The waters surrounding the equator are one of the most biodiverse areas in the globe, with the tropical area rich in marine life including rare sea turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, and other creatures.

However, rampant rises in temperate have led to a mass exodus of marine species from the sensitive region – with grave implications for life on earth.

While ecologists have long seen the thriving biodiversity of equatorial species holding constant in the past few centuries, a new study by Australian researchers published in The Conversation has found that warming global temperatures are now hitting the equator hard, potentially leading to an unprecedented mass extinction event.

The researchers from the Universities of Auckland, Queensland, and the Sunshine Coast found that as waters surrounding the equator continue to heat up, the ecosystem is being disrupted and forcing species to flee toward the cooler water of the South and North Pole.

The massive changes in marine ecosystems that this entails will have a grave impact not only on ocean life – essentially becoming invasive species in their new homes –  but also on the human livelihoods that depend on it.

“When the same thing happened 252 million years ago, 90 percent of all marine species died,” the researchers wrote.

To see where marine life is headed, the researchers tracked the distribution of about 49,000 different species to see what their trajectory was. The global distribution of ocean life typically resembles a bell curve, with far fewer species near the poles and more near the equator.

However, the vast alteration of the curve is already in motion as creatures flee to the poles, according to a study they published in the journal PNAS.

These changes augur major disruptions to global ecosystem as marine life scrambles in a chaotic fight for food, space, and resources – with a mass die-off and extinction of creatures likely resulting.

The research underscores the dire need for human societies to control rampant climate change before the biodiversity and ecological health of the planet is pushed past the point of no return.

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Rare Creature Photographed Alive In The Wild For The First Time Ever

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Advances in the methods used by researchers to watch wildlife have allowed for the photographing of a rare creature whose image had never been captured in the wild before.

Researchers in the West African nation of Togo were able to spot the rare Walter’s duiker, a rare species of petite African antelope, for the first time in the wild thanks to camera traps equipped with motion sensors.

In addition to the Walter’s duiker, the camera traps were also able to discover rare species of aardvarks and a mongoose, reports Gizmodo.

At a time when the extinction of entire species is becoming more common worldwide, such devices should help conservationists not only preserve creatures sought by bushmeat hunters but also spot rare animals whose presence is elusive for human observers. In the past, biologists were forced to rely on the same hunters for information.

“Camera traps are a game changer when it comes to biodiversity survey fieldwork,” said University of Oxford wildlife biologist Neil D’Cruze.

“I’ve spent weeks roughing it in tropical forests seemingly devoid of any large mammal species,” D’Cruze continued. “Yet when you fire up the laptop and stick in the memory card from camera traps that have been sitting there patiently during the entire trip—and see species that were there with you the entire time —it’s like being given a glimpse into a parallel world.”

The Walter’s duiker was discovered in 2010 when specimens of bushmeat were compared to other duiker specimens. The new images of the creature are the first to have been seen.

Rare species like Walter’s duiker are often not listed as “endangered” by groups like the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to a lack of data.

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‘Horrific’ Swarms of Spiders, Snakes Invade Australian Homes Amid Devastating Floods

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In recent years, Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) has faced everything from drought to brushfires, a pandemic, a recent all-consuming plague of mice and now, devastating floods and massive hordes of spiders.

In videos shared across social media, hundreds if not thousands of spiders can be seen scrambling through people’s homes and garages prior to an evacuation order being issued on early Saturday in expectation of the floods.

In one video posted to Facebook by Melanie Williams, the arachnids of all sizes can be seen scrambling about in search of shelter from the coming deluge.

“Check these spiders out, oh my god, oh my god! Look at them all,” Williams said in the video. “No! No! Oh my god.”

The Guardian reports that Kinchela resident Matt Lovenfosse was pulling up to his home on Monday morning when he witnessed what appeared to be a sea of “millions” of spiders climbing about to escape the floodwaters.

“So I went out to have a look and it was millions of spiders,” Lovenfosse said.

“It’s amazing. It’s crazy,” he continued. “The spiders all crawled up on to the house, on to fences and whatever they can get on to.”

The flooding has resulted in some 18,000 residents fleeing their homes since last week, with authorities warning that the cleanup could last until April.

The floods have also seen thousands of snakes and insects of every kind scrambling to flee from the floods, with some snakes even leaping into rescue boats to avoid being drowned.

“There were also skinks, ants, basically every insect, crickets – all just trying to get away from the flood waters,” vistor Shenae Varley told Guardian Australia.

It’s just the latest reminder that Australia isn’t just another country – it may be its own entirely different world.

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