Thursday, January 10, 2008

Penguin guard dogs win island reprieve

A WORLD-FIRST trial of guard dogs protecting penguins on Warrnambool's Middle Island will continue despite the dogs accidentally killing 10 birds.

A pair of Maremmas will be carried to the island for several hours' duty every day, supervised by a handler as they protect the island's threatened little penguin colony from foxes and trespassers.

The project had been scaled back last month, with the dogs removed from the island following their accidental killing of penguins.


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