Little penguins, which are only found in southern Australia and New Zealand, are the smallest penguins in the world at a height of only 13 inches and a weight of around 2.2 lbs.
Unfortunately, it seems that their tiny size has made them an easy target for the bullies of this world.
Earlier this year, a St. Kilda penguin was brutally kicked to death on the pier, and two weeks later another penguin was cruelly crushed and kicked.
Here’s how Australian newspaper The Age described the attacks:
“Two little penguins from the famous St Kilda colony have been brutalised and left for dead in separate violent attacks in the past fortnight, volunteers say.
A penguin with a bloody face and chest was discovered inside the fence meant to protect the colony around St Kilda Pier, about 1.30am on Good Friday, by a volunteer.
It follows an attack a fortnight ago where German tourists saw a young man kick a penguin repeatedly, also inside the fence. The penguin’s dead body was found soon after and reported to police.”