Middle Island is a dangerous place for penguins. Thirty years ago, 1,000 penguins used to bunker down in little holes here to breed, but by the late 90’s that number had halved and by 2005 there were only four birds left. A local chicken farmer suggested Maremma guardian dogs could be used to protect the penguins. Maremma guardian dogs Eudy and Tula spend five days per week on Middle Island during the breeding season and on their days off they live at Flafstaff Hill Maritime Village. You need to see these Maremma sheep dogs protecting penguins from foxes. Sheep dogs were so successful in protecting farm animals from predators, that they’re now performing body guard duties on an island full of penguins.
Would you ever need these sheep dogs to protect you?