Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Treehugger Tuesday

Can a sheepdog save an endangered bird?

From The New Zealand Herald:

Little Penguins all but doomed
By Billy Adams
5:30 AM Sunday Jun 2, 2013

Seven years ago the Little Penguins of Middle Island appeared all but doomed.

Where a colony of more than 1,000 had once thrived, only four pairs of less than happy feet remained. It seemed only a matter of time before their nemesis - the fox - would finish the job.

Then two floppy-eared shaggy canines ambled onto the rocky outcrop, and a remarkable recovery began.

Today the penguins are again thriving. At last count, breeding adults numbered almost 200. Not one has succumbed to the bushy-tailed predator since the dogs arrived.

Read the entire article here.

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