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Dogs kill fairy penguins
The Mercury (Tasmania) ^ | 8/2/05 | n/a

Posted on 08/03/2005 9:44:30 AM PDT by kiriath_jearim

Dogs kill fairy penguins

02aug05

TOURISTS looked on in horror as two marauding dogs mauled and killed penguins at a leading Tasmanian penguin-viewing site.

Interstate visitors left Bicheno in shock after at least 15 penguins were killed in their sheltered rookery.

Nick Wardlaw, of Bicheno Penguin Tours, said about 20 people saw the Sunday evening attack, which left them "absolutely horrified".

"[The dogs] just grabbed one penguin, broke its neck then dropped it and moved on to the next one," he said.

"The tourists were absolutely horrified to think that such a thing could happen."

Paul Male, who also saw the attack, said people had been assembled for the penguins to come ashore when two black dogs attacked the fairy penguins.

"They attacked the penguins by grabbing them by the neck so, fortunately, most of them died instantly but women and children were horrified," he said.

"They nearly bowled people over as they were chasing them.

"The guides were very shocked and surprised. It was not a very good image of Tasmania."

He said the dogs dropped the penguins after killing them.

Mr Male said about 17 dead penguins had been discovered.

He said the dogs left the rookery and went further up the coast where they attacked hens and ducks.

Bicheno Penguin Tours has offered a $500 reward for anyone with information that could identify the dogs.

Mr Wardlaw said the dogs -- one labrador and the other believed to be a rottweiler -- were wearing collars and were "someone's pets obviously let roam around the town".

The tour company has since called for a dog curfew to be introduced to stop animals roaming after dark.

The attack comes at a crucial time for the fairy penguins, which are starting to lay eggs for their breeding season.

"Even though it's only about 15 penguins that could in fact have been 30 breeding pairs that are no longer able to raise their young," Mr Wardlaw said.

Attacks on penguins are quite common around the town, which is home to several thousand fairy, or little, penguins.

However attacks are quite rare in the rookery which has been rehabilitated and built up to about 600 penguins over the past five years.

Up to 63 were killed in a dog attack in 1997, while a couple of hundred penguins were killed in 1994.

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Glamorgan Spring Bay Council are investigating the attack.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: fairypenguins; foodchain; penguins; tasmania
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1 posted on 08/03/2005 9:44:30 AM PDT by kiriath_jearim
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To: kiriath_jearim

Homophobe dogs?


2 posted on 08/03/2005 9:45:33 AM PDT by TommyDale
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Ok... I nominate this for "oddest-sounding headline of the week".


3 posted on 08/03/2005 9:45:56 AM PDT by kevkrom (WARNING: If you're not sure whether or not it's sarcasm, it probably is.)
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To: kiriath_jearim
How do we know the penguins' sexual orientation?
4 posted on 08/03/2005 9:46:18 AM PDT by Shalom Israel (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.)
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To: kiriath_jearim
"The tour company has since called for a dog curfew..."

What if the dogs refuse?

5 posted on 08/03/2005 9:47:56 AM PDT by TommyDale
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Homophobe dogs?

ROTFLMAO!

6 posted on 08/03/2005 9:48:10 AM PDT by afnamvet (Jet noise...The Sound of Freedom™)
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To: kiriath_jearim

A dingo ate your pengy


7 posted on 08/03/2005 9:49:04 AM PDT by steveo (Member: Fathers Against Rude Television)
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"Attacks on penguins are quite common around the town, which is home to several thousand fairy, or little, penguins."

So now if we call someone "little people" we are actually calling them fairies? Is the term now considered hate speech?

If attacks are quite common around the town, why is this even newsworthy?

8 posted on 08/03/2005 9:49:55 AM PDT by TommyDale
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Dogs kill fairy penguins

Hate crime???

9 posted on 08/03/2005 9:51:43 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Coming soon to a government near you - Bureau for Electronic Applications of Scientific Technology)
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To: kiriath_jearim
Sounds like a couple of 'chicken killers'!

(Dogs in a chicken coop have been known to do just this sort of stuff, and will never quit as long as they are breathing.)

10 posted on 08/03/2005 9:52:16 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (God save us from the fury of the do-gooders!)
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11 posted on 08/03/2005 9:52:34 AM PDT by Niteranger68 ("Spare the rod, spoil the liberal.")
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These fairy penguins are everywhere, man, EVERYWHERE!!!
12 posted on 08/03/2005 9:53:26 AM PDT by Loyalist (Raphel mai amech zabi almi.)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1456166/posts

Couldn't get the weapons out of the locked gun case.

13 posted on 08/03/2005 9:53:56 AM PDT by dts32041 ( Dear Senator Durbin, I am not an Illinois Nazi. (US ARMY RET))
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To: kiriath_jearim

Are these those gay penguins from Germany?


14 posted on 08/03/2005 9:54:25 AM PDT by sharktrager (My life is like a box of chocolates, but someone took all the good ones.)
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To: kiriath_jearim

I hope they caught the murdering disturbed dogs and put them down......


15 posted on 08/03/2005 9:54:36 AM PDT by Fawn (Being a FREE COUNTRY doesn't mean EVERYTHING'S FOR FREE!!!!!!!)
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To: Shalom Israel

Had their toenails painted and were a little light in the feathers.


16 posted on 08/03/2005 9:55:00 AM PDT by sofaman
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To: RacerF150

LOL!! where did you get that???


17 posted on 08/03/2005 9:55:07 AM PDT by GOP_Thug_Mom (Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions)
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To: RacerF150

ROFL...I love that graphic!


18 posted on 08/03/2005 9:55:26 AM PDT by sofaman
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To: kiriath_jearim

Fractured Fairy Penguins


19 posted on 08/03/2005 9:55:41 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (A living affront to Islam since 1959)
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Bicheno Penguin Tours has offered a $500 reward for anyone with information that could identify the dogs.

One's named Butchie. The other answers to the name of Claude.

Pay me now.

20 posted on 08/03/2005 9:56:19 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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