Jeff Mein Smith tells Stuff.co.nz that he'd first noticed the tiny flightless bird standing in the sand while passing by a stretch of coast on his bike in Christchurch. Evidently, he was not the only one. A crowd had gathered around, and apparently some of the people weren't doing a good job restraining their dogs.
Upon returning to the spot later on, Smith discovered that a couple had planted a cardboard placard next to the penguin to deter people from getting too close, or letting their pets bother him.
The sign read: “Hi, I’m waiting for my mum to come back. [New Zealand’s Department of Conservation] knows I’m here. Please leave me alone. *Keep your dog away. Thanks, Billy the baby blue penguin.”