"Oddball" is the heart-warming true story about an eccentric chicken farmer (Shane Jacobson) who, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks and in the process tries to reunite his family and save their seaside town.


Did You Know?

  • ‘Oddball’ is based on an amazing true story that took place in Warrnambool,Victoria!
  • Middle Island off the coast of Warrnambool is home to a colony of Little Penguins.
  • The Little Penguins were in danger when red foxes found their way to Middle Island by walking through the water at low tide. One fox even swam to Middle Island at high tide!
  • Little Penguins are the smallest penguins in the world! They are only 40cm tall and weigh 1kg.
  • A chicken farmer, Swampy Marsh, had the crazy idea that he could use his Maremma dogs to protect the Little Penguins from foxes.
  • Little Penguins follow the same pathway to their burrow each night and have created penguin ‘highways’ on Middle Island.
  • Maremmas are now used to protect other Australian animals, like bandicoots.
  • Maremma dogs have a strong protective behaviour. They scare foxes off the island by barking and chasing them away.
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  • Did you know that the lead character of Oddball is a Maremma dog named Kai. He was discovered at an RSPCA Adoption Centre in Victoria, and now he’s a movie star!
  • There are many amazing animals looking for furever homes in RSPCA Adoption Centres right across the country. Why not see if your very own oddball is waiting for you by
  • Choosing the right pet for you is fun, but takes time, planning, and lots of research. You can find lots have handy advice to help you figure out which animal is best for you and how to care for them here