Fugitive penguin picked up after Zoo dash
A penguin that escaped from a Japanese zoo has been recaptured after 82 days on the run, Sky News reports.
The one-year-old Humboldt penguin went missing from Tokyo Sea Life Park in early March and even outwitted the coastguard in its bid for freedom.
The 2ft-tall Humboldt, which is one of 135 penguins kept at the park, was found on a riverbank about five miles from its home. “We’re relieved to see the penguin come back alive,” said Kazuhiro Sakamoto, the vice head of the aquarium. Two Sea Life keepers rescued the penguin from under a bridge over the River Edo following a tip-off. It had no health problems. More than 30 sightings of the bird – known only as Penguin Number 337 – had been reported to the zoo after it fled. Park spokesman Takashi Sugino explained the bird had been spotted swimming in various locations around Tokyo Bay, but it proved difficult to catch. On May 7, two boats with 10 coastguard officers on board followed the bird for about an hour before it went out of view. daily times monitor