Oddball: The Nature of a Movie

Before you see the feature film, Oddball starring Shane Jacobson, learn the true story about an eccentric chicken farmer who trained his mischievous dog to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks and saved their seaside town.

This National Geographic Australia documentary series recounts the amazing true story of a penguin colony on a tiny Australian island saved from the brink of extinction by unlikely heroes - Italian Maremma guardian dogs.

In a world first wildlife experiment the courageous community of the town of Warrnambool, together with dedicated volunteers and environment authorities, fought against the odds to rescue the defenceless little penguins after foxes had reduced their number from several hundred to just four surviving birds.

When all hope seemed lost they adopted the idea of a local chicken farmer who was ridiculed when he suggested that Maremma dogs were the penguins' last chance against the marauding fox menace.

The five one-hour episodes recount the highs and lows of the real-life Maremma project, examine the Little Penguin species, the role of guardian animals, and the ongoing battle to save Australia's native animals from introduced pests and predators.

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Episode 1x05; Jul 29, 2015

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x05: WarrnamboolJul 29, 2015
1x04: PredatorsJul 28, 2015
1x03: The MaremmaJul 27, 2015
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