ENVIRONMENT
02/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Troubled Australian Fairy Penguins Protected By Friendly Sheepdogs

Sheepdogs have helped to guard a colony of fairy penguins, and proven themselves to be very good at their job. So good, in fact, that conversationalists are pondering what other threatened animals these K9s can protect.

A colony of fairy penguins on Warrnambool's Middle Island off the south coast of Australia has dwindled dramatically due to attacks by foxes and wild dogs. However, their numbers are rising again thanks to their new bodyguards - two Maremmas, an Italian breed of sheepdog that bonds with the flock or herd of animals it is protecting.

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