Poo chase

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Poo chase

A highly specialised detection dog trained to sniff out koala droppings is on the case in Logan, Australia, in a bid to boost protection for the vulnerable species. Logan City Council...

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Poo chase

A highly specialised detection dog trained to sniff out koala droppings is on the case in Logan, Australia, in a bid to boost protection for the vulnerable species. Logan City Council enlisted conservation canine Maya to help identify koala habitats in the area. Maya's owner is Dr Cristescu, an ecologist who specialises in koala research. "The reason we look for koala poo is because that gives us where they live… It's really inefficient for us humans to look for koala poo because we rely on our eyesight, so that takes a lot of time to look for really small koala poo in a really big habitat," Dr Cristescu said. On the other hand, specially trained dogs like Maya can canvass a large area of land in a relatively short period of time.

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Publié le 13/05/2014

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