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Emotional reunion between Dachshund and owner separated by Oz bushfires

Emotional reunion between Dachshund and owner separated by Oz bushfires © The Today Show - Twitter

This tiny Dachshund was lost in the Australian bushfires but thanks to the work of animal lovers and Australian news channels, he's now been reunited with his owner.

By Natasha James, 6 Dec 2019

The bushfires in Australia have been raging since mid-October and are considered some of the worst of its kind. It's thought that more than 10% of forest in New South Wales has been destroyed, leading commentators to describe it as a global tragedy.

A sad tale

And, for every large-scale misfortune that makes the global news, there are hundreds more local stories that are just as heartbreaking for those involved.

One such story, is the disappearance of much-loved little Wilbur. The tiny Dachshund is less than a foot tall so when he went missing in some of the worst fires Australia have ever seen, his owners feared the worst.

Lonely pup

Thankfully, intrepid firefighters found him wandering alone as fires burnt around him, and they quickly took the tiny pup to safety.


What came next is a testament to the love we have for our animals: little Wilbur's story made the news and did the rounds on social media. It didn't take long for Wilbur's frantic owner to spot the news and claim his pup.


Not just Wilbur!

When the owner was identified he revealed that he was also looking for Wilbur's brother, a 10-year-old Beagle named Olly.

Thankfully, with news crews and a group of animal lovers on the case it didn't take long for Olly to be found either and now the little family are happily reunited in their home in New South Wales.

From tragedy comes miracles and we're so glad that both pooches have been reunited with their devoted owner.