A recent uproar in one of the countries located on the smallest continent in the world. Because Wildlife Protection Officers in the state of Tasmania said that a number of 58 local rare penguins died with suspicion caused by a dog attack.
This was revealed after local residents found a lot of carcasses lifeless penguins scattered on the coast of the north coast of the island of Tasmania. In recent months there have been two reports of the deaths of rare penguins allegedly caused by a dog attack. The BBC broadcasts that to anticipate the increasing number of penguins, the authorities asked the dog owner to take responsibility for their pets.
If later the owners are found guilty, a large nominal penalty will be imposed on them. The reason is their negligence causes the death and extinction of protected wildlife populations. As is well known that penguins are one of the most protected wild animals in Australia.
“We remind citizens to always be responsible for their pets, especially dogs, have the capacity to do a lot of damage briefly to the penguin colony,” Tasmania’s department of park, water and environmental officials said in a statement.
Furthermore, the Penguin attack case will be considered as one of the most serious cases. Because it deals with the preservation of rare wildlife, if it is not handled quickly, it can cause extinction. Moreover, penguins are one of the wild animals that cannot live anywhere. Surviving in areas with very low climate makes penguins not be found in all places and tends to experience higher extinction compared to other animals.
Apparently Penguin is not the first animal threatened with extinction in Tasmania. His predecessor, such as the Orange Belly Old Parrot, also experienced a critical period. Scientists had called these animals nicknamed ‘zombies’ or ‘undead’ by due to the small possibility that they could live in the future.
“There are so many endangered species,” said Professor David Bowman, environmental change biologist from the University of Tasmania.
Even mentioned also by Professor Corey Bradshaw of the University of Adelide that there has been a decrease of 95% in the number of mamaliandi in Kakadu National Park in northern Australia. This has become one of the cases that is very serious considering that if these animals become extinct, besides our children and grandchildren will not be able to see the animals in real life there will also be a natural imbalance that will have a major impact on human life. Let’s take care of our environment.