The dogs that protect little penguins
At low tide, and when sand builds up in the narrow channel, foxes can cross from the mainland barely getting their paws wet.
The problem first became apparent in the year 2000 when the sea’s natural current led to increased sand build-up.
Over time the fox population grew as it became clear they had an easy source of food.
The fairy penguins, as I’m going to call them, faced being wiped out on Middle Island – until a chicken farmer, by the made-for-cinema name of Swampy Marsh, came up with a plan. He suggested sending one of his Maremma dogs to protect the birds.
“In Australia those dogs are generally used for chicken protection or goats or sheep,” says Abbott.
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