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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

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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To: kiriath_jearim

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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To: TommyDale
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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To: kiriath_jearim
"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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To: kiriath_jearim
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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To: kiriath_jearim

11 posted on 08/03/2005 9:52:34 AM PDT by Niteranger68 ("Spare the rod, spoil the liberal.")
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To: kiriath_jearim
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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To: kiriath_jearim
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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To: kiriath_jearim
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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To: kiriath_jearim

Maybe the dogs saw "The ghost and the darkness"?


21 posted on 08/03/2005 9:59:48 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: dead

One of the penguins was named "Bruce".


22 posted on 08/03/2005 10:02:07 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: dead

One of the penguins was named "Bruce".


23 posted on 08/03/2005 10:02:45 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: TommyDale
...two black dogs attacked the fairy penguins...

So if we only stop black dogs to look at their tags, are we profiling? Do we have to look at an equal number of white and brown dogs?

24 posted on 08/03/2005 10:04:48 AM PDT by Fudd (Never confuse a liberal with facts.)
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To: kiriath_jearim
TOURISTS looked on in horror

Then why stand there then with your thumb up your ass...if your so horrified, do something to stop it ... chunk a rock or a stick or kick the dog's in the ass if you can if you think it's that bad...

25 posted on 08/03/2005 10:04:52 AM PDT by tophat9000 (When the State ASSUMES death...It makes an ASH out of you and me..)
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To: TommyDale

26 posted on 08/03/2005 10:06:27 AM PDT by oldleft
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To: tophat9000

I was thinkin' the same thing.... Pick up a big stick and yell. Don't just stand there.

~~sigh~~
I'd be in the ICU myself but boy, would I have a story to tell! "You see, there were these penguins, fairy ones at that and there were these dogs...mongrels they were and well...there was just me and my stick...and a rock...and a fifth of Jack Daniels"


27 posted on 08/03/2005 10:07:19 AM PDT by najida (Today AC--- Now I'm living for ice cubes and a phone.)
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To: GOP_Thug_Mom
"LOL!! where did you get that???"

Do I have to tell???

28 posted on 08/03/2005 10:08:00 AM PDT by Niteranger68 ("Spare the rod, spoil the liberal.")
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To: kiriath_jearim

FAIRIES!!

29 posted on 08/03/2005 10:09:13 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: Modernman

Check out post no. 11.


30 posted on 08/03/2005 10:09:58 AM PDT by BroncosFan ("Now we grieve, 'cause now it's gone / But things were good when we were young.")
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To: Bacon Man; Hap; humblegunner; Allegra; Lazamataz

"Dogs kill fairy penguins . . ."

Some days, the jokes just write themselves.


31 posted on 08/03/2005 10:10:56 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Lord, I apologize . . . and be with the starving pygmies in New Guinea amen.)
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To: TommyDale

Apparently so.


32 posted on 08/03/2005 10:11:29 AM PDT by rabidralph
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To: TommyDale

Holy smokes! I was at that rookerie chasing penguins with my son 18 months ago. We really cheesed off the penguin tour guys because we just went there by ourselves without paying them 20 bucks a head first. Bicheno is really, really off the beaten path. Also, Tasmania is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.


33 posted on 08/03/2005 10:16:56 AM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: najida
I'd be in the ICU myself but boy

Hey wait a minuet I'd toss a stick not go to ICU for some damm penguins...if it gets to that point in a dog vs penguins fight, F'it... and blame it all on Darwin ;>

34 posted on 08/03/2005 10:23:43 AM PDT by tophat9000 (When the State ASSUMES death...It makes an ASH out of you and me..)
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To: tophat9000

Hun,
I know me...

I actually jumped in the middle of a dog fight between a Dobie and a Carolina Yeller Dog without giving it a thought.

Amazingly, I managed to get my dog (the CYD) in the house and the Dobie in the toolshed.

To this day, I don't know how.


35 posted on 08/03/2005 10:26:40 AM PDT by najida (Today AC--- Now I'm living for ice cubes and a phone.)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Good grief! These murderous canines killed Chilly Willy's relatives. Sic Elmer Fudd on the case of i.d.ing these canine killers.


36 posted on 08/03/2005 10:27:52 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: Smokin' Joe

A trio of stray dogs wiped out our entire chicken coop about 10 years ago. All of our hens' necks were broken, but the only bird that had visible wounds was our rooster, who'd had his legs torn off. We figured he'd tried to fight the dogs and they'd grabbed his legs.

Our son was living at home when this happened, and the dogs made the mistake of coming back while we were out burying the chickens. He grabbed the shovel, ran the dogs down and killed all 3 of them. We were so proud of him.


37 posted on 08/03/2005 10:41:22 AM PDT by Grandma Pam
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To: kiriath_jearim

Are fairy penguins a variety of penguin or where the penguins homosexual?


38 posted on 08/03/2005 10:45:07 AM PDT by Ol' Sparky
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To: TommyDale

39 posted on 08/03/2005 11:15:02 AM PDT by linkinpunk
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To: steveo

ROFL!


40 posted on 08/03/2005 11:16:00 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: Grandma Pam

We used to warn with a sign that 'stray dogs will be shot on sight' but tired of replacing the sign. No more fair warning.
And PETA thinks rural areas can't take care of the dog population! poppycock


41 posted on 08/03/2005 4:05:47 PM PDT by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors. Don't run with rocks. NRA)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Nature Bites and when she does she bites HARD!!


42 posted on 08/03/2005 4:06:29 PM PDT by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors. Don't run with rocks. NRA)
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