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Meet koala sniffing dog ‘Taylor’ - the animal lifesaver in Australia bushfires.

When he hears the command "Koala! Find!" 4-year old English Springer Spaniel 'Taylor' runs off into the burnt bushlands to locate injured Koalas.

The animals are among many of Australia's iconic wildlife to have fallen victim to the devastating bushfires.

Conservation detection dogs have become one of the most important tools used to search for injured animals during the past months.

"Taylor and I have been finding Koalas together for three years now, all up and down the east coast of Australia. She's trained to sniff out their fur and their scats," said professional dog trainer, Ryan Tate.

Taylor has been able to locate at least eight Koalas during the past few months where some were able to get the much needed medical care.

Happy ending for Taylor too: she is rewarded with her favourite game - snatching tennis balls in mid air, after each endeavour.

Australia is in the midst of one of its worst fire seasons on record, with bushfires burning since September and claiming the lives of 28 people, killing more than a billion animals and razing forests and farmland the size of Bulgaria.

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