Dogs are a penguin's best friend
- From: The Daily Telegraph
- June 03, 2010
"When they were puppies we introduced Gus and Katie to fox fur, dummy foxes, their urine and droppings
and road kill so they know what to look for," their trainer Steve Austin said.
"But one of their biggest assets is also their energy - they just want to get out there and work."
There are just 66 known breeding pairs of penguins at Manly, although more nest in unknown nearby locations.
Despite fears the fox and dog attacks would seriously deplete the breeding colony, it appears the penguins overcame their setback, with an investigation of last year's breeding season finding an increase in the number of breeding pairs in the colony.
There were 96 active nests and 118 successfully fledged chicks, indicating a particularly good breeding season.