Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dog kills 27 penguins in Australia

Environmentalists believed that 27 penguins were killed by a dog or a pack of dogs at Cat Bay in Australia.


The pitiful Little Penguins (also known as Fairy Penguins), the world's smallest species of penguins and endemic to Australia and New Zealand, were found dead in the Phillip Island Nature Park in Victoria state on Wednesday. The park is an attraction among local and foreign tourists.


Preliminary investigation said the injuries penguins sustained were from a dog attack, said a spokesman from Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). Two Water Rats, also protected species, were found dead.


The owner of a dog found responsibly for attacking a penguin faces a fine of up to Aus$3,000.



With report from AFP and The Australian. Photo: Ryan Rickenbach.







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