When the world was introduced to Bear, it didn't take long for everyone to fall in love with him. I mean, it's difficult not to.
Bear is a koala detection dog and has been deployed to an area in Australia which has been hit hard by a bushfire. His sole job, which he's diligently trained for, is to search for surviving koalas in amongst the wreckage and prevent them from being lost to the elements.
But clearly not everyone has been informed about Bear, including legendary actor Tom Hanks.
The good people at Twitter have asked him to read a bunch of nice tweets (in opposition to the usual 'celebrities read mean tweets about themselves' trope) to get everyone in a positive mindset.
One of those tweets was about Bear and Tom was absolutely blown away by Bear and his hard work.
"This is a Disney movie that must be made - the story of Bear, the koala detection dog," Hanks said. "That's adorable."
Yes, plain and simple, the Micky Mouse corporation needs to make a movie about Bear and his heroic efforts.
Who wouldn't want to sit down for an hour and a half and watch a dog with little shoes hunt through the smouldering ash to find koalas?
Bear belongs to the International Fund for Animal Welfare Australia (IFAW) and is being looked after by handlers at Detection Dogs for Conservation.
IFWA has been using dogs like Bear ever since partnering with the University of the Sunshine Coast.
"A dog's sense of smell is up to 10,000 times stronger than that of humans. We train formerly-sheltered, highly-active dogs-who may otherwise never be adopted-to sniff out koala scat and fur," IFAW's website says.
"By locating the scat, and in some cases the koalas themselves, we can collect data about the genetics and health of the local koala population. We can also use this data to protect individual animals and conserve ecosystems."
They use these dogs during conservation assessments as well.
Say an application had been made to transform an area to into apartment blocks, koala detection dogs would be employed to ensure that the project wouldn't impede on any natural habitat.
Fingers crossed Bear and any other koala detection dogs stumble across a few more koalas in the coming days and weeks.
Featured Image Credit: Fiona Clark Photography
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