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One year after the bush fires, hero dog is still saving Australia's Koalas

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A former 'problem' puppy who grew up to be a national hero is continuing his amazing work rescuing injured Koalas from dangerous bush fires across Australia.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 31/01/2021, 21:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:23

You might remember Bear. If not, he's the inspiring Border Collie-Koolie cross who spends his days saving some of Australia's cutest residents - Koalas.

We wrote about Bear last year after he hit the headlines for saving more than 50 Koalas during the forest fire season. And while the worst of the fires are over, Bear is still clocking in to work every day to help keep the little furry guys and girls safe. 

Bear gets lots of good boys

Bear is part of the five-dog Sunshine Coast Detection Team. With a little guidance from their human partners, these super-smart pooches use their incredible sniffing and tracking powers to find injured Koalas trapped near forest fires.

Bear's effort earned him some praise from all of Australia's major newspapers. He also picked up a few 'good boys' from some celebrity fans, including Hollywood A-lister Tom Hanks. 

But things could have gone very differently for this super pooch. Labeled as a 'problem' puppy because of his hyperactive nature, Bear struggled with life as a house pet. 

Bear found his true calling

Thankfully, one person spotted Bear's potential and recommended him to the detection team. Bear is a natural at what he does, although there are still flashes of that 'cheeky' little pup.

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"He's so excitable and full of energy, like a big goofball," said Bear's handler. "But the second he gets the call, he's ready for work." 

Bear also starred in his very own documentary. It aired on Australian TV network Foxtel earlier this year.