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!?)
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 is here