Oddball Protects Penguins

So I read an article about ‘Little Penguins’ on Middle Island, and I just have to share!

These penguins are only about 30-40cm in height, (hence the name) and their existence was under threat from foxes, until a clever local farmer Swampy Marsh suggested his Maremma dogs should guard the penguins. This breed of dog is known to be good at protecting chickens, goats and sheep. (who knew!?)

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This story made me smile because since the guard dogs were introduced, there hasn’t been a single penguin killed by a fox! I love that another animal has safeguarded the existence of another.

AND it’s been made into a film called Oddball, after the dog.

The article, if you’re interested isΒ here

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