After almost a decade of watching over the penguins of Middle Island, Tula the very good protector, is retiring. The 11-year-old maremma sheepdog and her sister Eudy were part of the inspiration behind the wholesome 2015 Aussie flick Oddball. 

On Monday, the Middle Island Maremma Penguin Project announced Tula’s retirement after eight years of protecting the penguins.

The project was established in 2006 following a decline in the colony size of little penguins in the area. Enter the maremma dogs who protected the penguins from foxes and whatnot during breeding season.

Warrnambool’s penguin colony has since grown from less than 10 in 2005 to 182 in 2017.

“Her, along with her sister Eudy are the true heroes of the project and without them the project would not have been so successful,” the team shared.

“We want to thank Tula so much for her tireless efforts.

“Tula is much loved by the project staff, the Warrnambool community and the wider community of supporters of the project.”

Tula will remain a part of the project team, protecting the chickens at the project’s home base. She’ll also help train the younger guardian dogs Mezzo and Isola.

Look at the beautiful floofer.

Tula celebrating with her retirement cake! ????????????

Posted by Middle Island – Maremma Penguin Project on Wednesday, 16 October 2019

“I’ve just been overwhelmed with support since we put out her retirement notice yesterday, Middle Island Project’s Dr. Trish Corbett told FitZ Media Productions. “Thank you so much to everyone for their amazing comments.”

You can learn more about the Middle Island Maremma Penguin Project right HERE

Wishing a happy, happy retirement to Tula the penguin protector.

Penguin protector Tula retires

Thank you Tula ????????????

Posted by Warrnambool City Council on Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Image: Facebook / Middle Island Project