Bushprints Sterling Silver Little Penguin Footprint Earrings These inspirational footprints are cut out of solid sterling silver. For Gary, the maker, quality is the prime consideration and all pieces are carefully hand-finished, giving a fantastic lustre. They are beautifully gift-boxed and in stock now. Also available at the same price is the pin or for $65 the earrings or necklace (with a 2-week wait as Gary will have to make them for you just ask and we will get them made). If you are interested in the same range in 9ct yellow gold please contact us for pricing. Little Penguin Facts The little penguin is a carnivorous animal. Like all other penguin species it survives on a diet that is only comprised of marine animals. Krill and small crustaceans make up the bulk of the little penguin's diet along with larger organisms including squid and various species of fish. Little penguins are mostly under threat from land-based animals such as dogs, cats and foxes that have been introduced into their native habitats. However, larger marine animals will also prey on these water-based birds, with fur seals, leopard seals, sharks, humans and killer whales being the main predators of the little penguin. On average, the little penguin breeds once a year, forming pairs that usually remain faithful to one another. The female little penguin lays two eggs into a self-dug burrow which are incubated by both parents for just over a month, when only one of the eggs will usually hatch. The little penguin chicks are fed and kept warm by their parents and remain with them until the chicks are around three months old. Today, the little penguin populations have been declining with the increasing threat from non-native carnivores. However, little penguins are often found on islands that have been declared National Parks, where tourists are able to see the little penguin colony in its natural habitat and are not allowed to take photos.