First wildlife detection dog in Indonesia saves thousands of animals

Bailey unravelled dozens of wildlife trafficking cases and saved thousands of protected and endangered animals in less than three years.

Bailey, the first wildlife detection dog in Indonesia, is in charge of sniffing out passengers’ suitcases and bags as well as trucks passing through a busy ferry harbour connecting two of Indonesia’s biggest islands.

Her sharp sense of smell makes Bailey a great ally when it comes to finding the scents she is trained to track down: endangered and protected animals.

She finds what she is looking for at least once a week and has helped rescue at least 6,000 live animals after less than three years on the job.

“Most of the wildlife Bailey discovered were alive and being trafficked as pets,” Femke den Haas, an Indonesia-based animal rights activist told CNA.

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