March of the Fossil Penguins

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Escaped Penguin

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A Humboldt Penguin known as “Penguin 337” has escaped from the Tokyo Sea Life Park.  It may seem amazing that the bird scaled a 17 foot rock wall to make its getaway, but penguins are in fact exceptionally good climbers despite their stumpy feet.  The penguin in question is a one-year old bird.  It has since been spotted in the Old Edogawa River. Based on what we know about the species, there are high hopes the penguin will be recovered before it falls into harm’s way.  Humboldt Penguins tend to stay relatively close to shore in the wild, so it is not too likely that the loose penguin will attempt an ocean crossing and get lost at sea.  Wayward penguins often survive for long periods, and there are historical records of intentionally released penguins surviving for years in the Baltic and stowaways reaching Alaska.  If Penguin 337 can steer clear of predators, it should find plenty to eat in the area and with luck will eventually be returned to the zoo by the search party.  Check out this video that accompanies the story at MSNBC:


Written by Dan Ksepka

March 9, 2012 at 12:51 am

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  1. do you think the pengiun will get lonely when he relizes his friends are still in the aquarium? I hope they bring him home!!!


    March 9, 2012 at 8:15 am

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