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Penguins take over 79-year-old's home

2012-10-10 13:43

Cape Town - A colony of endangered African penguins has ruffled the feathers of an elderly Betty's Bay resident, whose house is slowly being taken over by the critters.

"They shit all over the place. The other day I had one in here, running around, and it shit all over my bedroom. It just walked through the door and made a mess of my house," Barbara Wallers told the Cape Argus.

The 79-year-old said the penguins waddled across her back garden, set up nests and kept her up the whole night with their squawking.

Her Stony Point home, where she has been living since 1947, is adjacent to the oldest land-based colony of African penguins in South Africa, with around 5 000 birds.

According to the report, the birds snuck through gaps in incomplete fencing and into enticing gardens.

Wallers had taken to spraying the penguins with fertiliser if they got too cosy. She had also begun walling off bushes with rocks to prevent the birds from digging.

The Overstrand municipality promised it would complete the fencing by January.

Comments
  • Jane - 2012-10-10 13:51

    There is no way I could get angry with a penguin, they just too damn cute!

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-10 14:20

      Everyone loves snow until they live in Canada.

      caine.abel.75 - 2012-10-10 17:00

      Smell and hear them then you talk about cute

  • bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-10 13:53

    The word "African" penguin says it all!

      emilyjane.elson - 2012-10-10 14:06

      Ha ha!

      Mark - 2012-10-10 14:49

      In that case you live in Africa so what does that say about you?

      caine.abel.75 - 2012-10-10 17:01

      c`mon dont make the peggies blackshheep now

  • santie.volgorehoff - 2012-10-10 13:54

    klink na n kommin tannie

      clara.viljee - 2012-10-10 14:27

      Alles is OK en cute en wat ookal as jy een keer in 3 jaar vakansie hou en by die kolonie verbystap en oe en a - dit is 'n heeltemal ander "ball game" as jy daar moet bly en die aanhoudende geraas, bemorsing en stank moet uitstaan. Moet nie sommer die tannie "kommin" noem nie - jy het nie 'n clue nie

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-10 14:38

      Clara.viljee jy het ook niet 'n 'clue' nie. Hoekom gaan mense daar dan woon en jy hoef mos niet by die pikkewyne te gaan loop nie.Groot word is nie swaar nie.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-10 15:08

      Nee wat, ek sou ook nie daar wou bly nie. Die tannie woon al daar van 1947 af. Die pikkewyne het eers in 1982 daar kom nes maak. Die goed raas reg deur die nag en is al om haar huis. Hoe sou jy gereageer het as dit jy was?

      mrp721 - 2012-10-11 12:28

      @ Jacqui.daanevanrensburg... You also don't read too well do you???? This elderly lady has been living there since 1947, I think she has a right to complain and be upset... So before you jump in telling others to grow up, maybe you should get off your high horse which is actually a camel with its hump up your arse.... Shame, when all along it was really you who didn't have a clue!!!!

  • thabzmadi - 2012-10-10 13:56

    It's about time mother nature took over, title deeds mean nothing to her...mover over human scum!!!... Seriously, we have no more right on the beach/seashore than these wonderful....birds!!!!

      clara.viljee - 2012-10-10 14:28

      "Scum" - do you know this lady at all? She has been living there for the past 64 yrs dude - did not move in yesterday and started complaining - shame on you

  • PumaFred - 2012-10-10 13:57

    Electric pet fence

  • Melecia Boonzaaier - 2012-10-10 14:04

    She should be charged with cruelty to animals, she admits to spraying them with fertilizer!!! The penguins were there first, no sympathy for her. She should be in an old age home, shes taking up penguin space.

      rontheogre - 2012-10-10 14:12

      To be fair to the occupant of the house, as I cannot call her a lady that uses such language, in 1947 her house must have been one of a handful in Betty's Bay. The situation has now changed with more houses going up with little space left for the wildlife. We live in the area and really get angry with more houses going up that are inhabited for one or two months a year.

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-10 15:09

      Actually the penguins only started nesting there in 1982...

  • ljmostert - 2012-10-10 14:08

    Ou nuus - stokoud!!!

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-10 14:09

    Some people have it nice, is this what she call a problem? She can move to Cape Flats there are definitely no penguin problems

  • werner.niksch - 2012-10-10 14:23

    regte ou pruim

      clara.viljee - 2012-10-10 14:32

      Ju van sĂȘ presies wat jy is "niks">>>> jy bly nie daar nie my ou en jy sien nie die situasie elke dag soos Mev. Willers nie - moet liewers nie kommentaar lewer as jy nie weet waarvan jy praat nie

  • Sandhya Chavda - 2012-10-10 14:23

    How can one be angry at adorable penguins? This story is too hilarious for words. Day = made :)

  • Antipoaching - 2012-10-10 14:25

    Grumpiest woman in the world! I hope the penguins drive the old bag up the wall

  • patrickflynn73 - 2012-10-10 14:29

    angry bird

      paul.bester1 - 2012-10-11 10:49

      HAHAHAHA, nicely put!! :)

  • reine.marais - 2012-10-10 14:31

    I have some ha-dee-dahs who come into my house to feed on dog food. These very tuneful creatures poo with even more abandon than they sing. I now feed them outside and make a concerted effort to keep the door inaccessible, if not closed. I live near the penguin colony at Seaforth Beach in Cape Town. I must be honest, penguin poo is not something that one could bottle and sell at the perfume counter in Stuttafords.

  • lielie.smit - 2012-10-10 14:38

    ha ha, that is actually quite funny, but shame man, I wouldn't want to sleep in penguin poop either.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-10-10 15:09

    Viva Land Reform VIVA!! Sorry guys couldnt help it... Penguin poop not good.

  • nishan.sitlu - 2012-10-10 15:13

    Well if people are encroaching more and more on the animals space, what option do they have? Before someone says "but she has been living there since 1947", the fact is that the penguins space may be encroached on in other areas so they go where they can.

  • byron.matthews.562 - 2012-10-10 15:21

    The penguins have been there for generations prior to 1947. Their defecation might be a form of engagement - as in ".... sup? the eff u lookin' at, old lady? this my house, now [sic]. freedom of movement in our lifetime"

  • tertius.aswegen - 2012-10-10 15:22

    Foolish man\woman build his house on the sand... well next to the beach in this case. You build it there to be close to the ocean... People such idiots. If you go surf you have a chance to be attacked by shark, or going in a lions den you can get attacked by lion so do we kill the animals for your silly choices. Pretty sure this endangered species was there first old hag. Build a fence or off o the old age home perhaps

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-10-10 15:24

    It was the penguin! Better call the caped crusader, Batman, Batman, where are you! Gotham City, I mean Stony Point needs you!

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-10 15:35

    Ha ha the squatter syndrome is catchy....I say the lady should appeal to the constitutional court for eviction.........seriously, get a cat lady...da birds were there first......

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-10 15:40

      I live on a marina, and we are inundated at times by geese......the folks go mad here and I think that is unfair. I chose to live in this environment........?? just saying....

  • carvern - 2012-10-10 15:44

    Only right that nature is taken back property rightfully belonging to it, march on my black and white fury bretheren march on

  • karla.vanzyl.108 - 2012-10-10 16:41

    Firstly, so many rude people on here... I know Betty's Bay quite well, and believe me, those penguins make a hell of a noise and they stink. And when I say stink, I mean you have to hold your breath all the time when you're at Stoney Point. I don't agree with how this woman is handling the situation, but seriously people?? Let's say you're living in your home (where ever that might be) and you start realizing a rat-infestation. First it wass only one, the next day a few more... Every night running up and down your ceiling, leaving rat droppings in every corner. Oh? And you just can't get rid of them. Now, take those rats and replace them with penguins... Are you gonna stay all calm and collected about the situation..? I think not. This old tannie us going CRAZY with all these penguins destroying her home. Remember that before you say disgusting things like she doesn't deserve to live.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-10 20:00

      OH pleeeease, one has feathers and the other fur.............how on earth can you begin to compare? This old lady, has been having this problem for some time, how come she complains now? and who does she think is gonna fix it? Never mind pay for it........

      karla.vanzyl.108 - 2012-10-10 21:13

      I don't really know why you're so upset by the comparison. It makes perfect sense. It all comes down to this: it you have some sort of infestation in your home or whatever, you're gonna get pissed off. Doesn't matter what animal (or bird) you're dealing with.

      paul.bester1 - 2012-10-11 12:08

      Well, if she's going to spray fertiliser on the penguins then she deserves to be moved into an old age home as she clearly doesn't realise that fertiliser could be quite harmful to the penguins. If she IS aware that it can harm the penguins then she doesn't deserve to live in Betty's Bay. She needs to move to a city and stay in an apartment building on the very top floor so that she's as far removed from Nature as possible. You can't live on Nature's doorstep and then complain that it's intruding on you. I understand that the penguins are probably annoying her but that is no excuse to want to harm them. She can build herself a proper fence to keep them out of her yard. A lot of people in this world are way too quick to want to exterminate "pests". This planet is not "ours", we share it with every other living thing on it. It is not our right to just kill another living thing when it annoys us.

  • corne.schutte - 2012-10-11 07:11

    Two comments: 1. Rumour in Bettys Bay is that the Waller children discovered the Penguin colony when they owned most of the land many years ago. It was actually situated in a different area, and they carried some of the small penguins around to their property (ie Stony Point). And the penguins stayed and prospered.... 2. Because of development, the natural predators who used to control Penguin numbers, are no longer keeping Penguin numbers in control, and in recent years the colony had exploded and is becoming a stinking and noisy pest. Cape Nature will thus have to intervene to play the role of natural enemies that are no longer there.

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