Thursday, February 24, 2011
Fairy Penguins and Maremma Sheepdogs
These little birds live on the southern coasts of New Zealand and Australia, and they are the only type of penguin that breeds in Australia. Fairy Penguins are 12 or 13 inches tall, and they weigh about 2 pounds. They like to eat fish, squid, krill, and small crustaceans. During the day, the Little Penguins go out fishing in the ocean, and then after it gets dark, they go up on the shore to their burrows. The next morning, they go back out to sea before the sun comes up.
The Maremma sheepdog breed dates way back, like to Roman times or even before. These sheepdogs look kind of like some other breeds such as Great Pyrenees, Kuvasz, or the Akbash Dog of Turkey. They usually weigh between 65 and 110 pounds. Most of them are solid white, but colors such as yellow, cream, and lemon/brown spots are getting to be more popular.
Having dogs like Maremmas around makes ranchers happy because their cattle don't get killed by wolves. And it makes environmentalists happy because the wolves don't get killed by the ranchers. And making everybody happy is what dogs like to be good at!