'Wonder dog' sniffing out endangered birds

A one-of-a-kind dog has been specially trained to help conservationists find and protect endangered birdlife on the Gold Coast.

Penny the English springer spaniel is the first of a new breed of conservation detection dogs. Dogs work in a wide range of detecting roles: explosives, drugs, and quarantine. But Penny has been trained to specifically sniff out the endangered eastern bristlebird.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary trainer Shannon Maguire says it is a new field of conservation research.

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