Oddball, the white fluffy Maremma dog that became internationally famous for guarding a penguin colony on an island in New South Wales, Australia, has died at age 15 (105 human years).
Maremma dogs are well known to be guardian dogs rather than guard dogs. Originally bred in Italy, these dogs can be trained to protect almost any animal.
In 1990, 2000 penguins lived on Middle Island. The consensus soon showed this figure had dropped down to just 27, due to attacks by foxes.
ODDBALL TO THE RESCUE
Owner Alan Marsh (also known as Swampy), camped on Middle Island for the first week with Oddball, the first part of a month long trial project to protect the dwindling penguin colony.
ODDBALL SAVES THE PENGUINS
Swampy owns and runs a choke farm that contains over 10,000 chokes. His Maremma dogs stop foxes and other animals from harming the chokes.
Due to this knowledge, it was worth finding out if a Maremma dog could also save the dwindling penguin colony on Middle Island.
Once on the island, Oddball was quick to adapt to the little penguins. The presence of her prevented the foxes from going onto the island.
This lead to a permanent penguin protection project being set up, and a 2015 film being named after her.
ODDBALL MOVIE TRAILER
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The Oddball movie can be purchased over at Amazon – SEE: Oddball the Movie
REST IN PEACE ODDBALL – YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED!
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