Dogs wipe out Little Blue Penguin colony on the West Coast

Around Wellington we have many coastal sites where Little Blue Penguins nest. In these areas we need to be specially careful not to let our dogs off the lead and to watch them carefully even on the lead. Otherwise this can happen:

Dead penguin.

Dead penguin.

More than 15 blue penguins have been killed on the South Island’s West Coast in a dog attack that is likely to have wiped out an entire colony.

[Via Radio New Zealand : News : National : Blue penguin colony 'wiped out' in dog attack.]

Little blue penguins live here.

Little blue penguins live here.

Please, take care and help other owners understand they need to take care too. We don’t want to harm these birds.