Victoria is one of the smallest states in Australia, and the most densely packed. Although it encompasses only around three percent of the country’s total area, approximately twenty-four percent of the entire population of Australia is packed into Victoria, in part due to the Victorian Gold Rush that was triggered by the discovery of gold in 1851. It is the home of Australia’s capital city of Melbourne, a bustling city with a population of a little over four million individuals, as well as seven more of the fifty most populous cities in Australia. Victoria also has beautiful landscapes, including captivating beaches, towering mountains, underground caves, and the third largest volcanic plains in the world.
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American Foulbrood, first classified in 1906, is caused by a rod-shaped bacterium known as Paenibacillus larvae and is known to be highly infectious and destructive to beehives. When eaten by larvae that are less than three days old, the spores propagate in the body of the larvae, not only killing the host but also creating up to a hundred million spores per infected larvae, spores which can live for up to forty years in honey. Weakened hives are also more susceptible to theft from bees that belong to other hives, which allows the spores to infect the hive of the thief as well. The disease is difficult to treat, and even more difficult to spot before it becomes ruinous to the hive, and it has invaded hives throughout Australia including the hives located in the state of Victoria.
Fortunately, hives in the southern part of Australia have a new hero helping to discover American Foulbrood in their hive before they damage the hives beyond repair, a Black Lab by the name of Bazz, who hails from Tintinara, a town just a little west of Victoria, in the state of South Australia. When his owner, a beekeeper by the name of Josh Kennett, first began training Bazz to sniff out the disease he ran into a problem. While there are several sniffer dogs who work to find the disease in hives in the United States, they typically work in the winter when the hives are covered with a light dusting of snow, and the bees are less active, thereby avoiding dangerous stings. This doesn’t work in Australia; however, as it does not get as cold there, and Bazz was aggressively chased away from the hives whenever he approached. Mr. Kennett, not one to give up on a great idea, began developing a suit to keep the canine safe, much like the beekeeper suit that he wore himself. While it took a great deal of trial and error, Mr. Kennett eventually came up with a workable design that not only completely protected the dog but also allowed the dog to smell through it and move about easily. Since the suit has become a success, Bazz has been able to detect the disease in many hives, allowing apiarists to remove the infected bees before the spores spread, and the RIRDC (Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation) has authorized the training of a second dog, Elroy, who is to be sent to Tintinara for twelve months to be trained to help the eradication efforts in Australia alongside Bazz.