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Oddball: The true story of the dog that saved the world's smallest penguins

Anna Hille

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True stories of heroism, endurance & survival, Prose: non-fiction, Conservation of wildlife & habitats, Dogs as pets

The true story about a dog that saved an island colony of penguins from extinction.

Middle Island, Australia, is home to a unique type of bird. At only 40cm tall, the Little Penguin is the smallest of the penguin species. However locals noticed that over time, the numbers in the colony were rapidly decreasing and no one knew why. That was until the culprit was discovered - local foxes. Over the years, the area of water separating the island from the mainland had begun to silt up, leaving a clear path over to the island.
A local chicken farmer, nicknamed Swampy Marsh, had an idea. He had trained his Maremma sheepdog, named Oddball, to protect his birds - what if he could do the same for the penguins? This is the true tale of how one dog managed to save the failing colony and Oddball and the penguins became a smash box-office hit film.

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