Archive for July, 2010

Stolen Penguin Back in Dublin Zoo

July 9, 2010

Kelli the penguin’s back home in Dublin Zoo after pranksters snatched the bird and abandoned her on a city sidewalk.

Dublin Zoo condemned Thursday’s theft as no joke, because the 10-year-old Humboldt penguin could have been injured during her abduction or crushed by a vehicle.

Zoo officials said police tracked down Kelli using a signal from a microchip planted on the bird. She got the medical all-clear and was returned to her penguin partner, Mick.

Police said the thieves climbed over a security fence into an enclosure housing about a dozen Humboldt penguins and picked Kelli for reasons unknown.

Dublin Zoo has been targeted by annoying pranks before. In 2008, its switchboard was overwhelmed by callers asking to speak to Rory Lyon, G. Raffe and Ana Conda.

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Irish Police Hunt Dublin Penguin-nappers

July 8, 2010

The Penguin Post has learned that police in Ireland are investigating after a penguin was stolen from Dublin Zoo on Thursday, only to be discovered waddling through the city’s streets.

The female penguin, named Kelli, is thought to have been taken as part of a prank when a group of men broke into the zoo — but police are taking a dim view of the situation and say those responsible could face criminal charges.

“The Gardai (police) are investigating an incident in which a penguin was taken from Dublin Zoo shortly after 8:00 am (0700 GMT) this morning,” a police spokesman said.

“It’s believed a number of men took this penguin, however it was subsequently found” in a street a few kilometres (miles) away, he added.

“The investigations are continuing as to who these people are and the penguin has been returned to its rightful home,” police said. The penguin was unharmed during the incident.

Media reports claimed the men smuggled the 10-year-old penguin away from the zoo by bundling it into a bag and taking a taxi. They are said to have told the taxi driver it was a rabbit.

A non kidnapped penguin swimming at the Dublin Zoo.