Aussie Snipers Guard Penguins

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2009 4:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – Sharpshooters with night-vision goggles have been dispatched to protect a penguin colony near Sydney, Australia, the BBC reports. The mutilated bodies of nine fairy penguins—the world's smallest penguin species at just 15 inches high—from the vulnerable colony have been found over the last two weeks. Wildlife officials have ruled out human involvement in the deaths and suspect foxes, dogs, or both.