Search For Missing Penguin Called Off

The Penguin Post has learned that the Japanese authorities looking for penguin #337 who escaped last month from aquarium which was his home have called off their month-long search, but say they hope still hope to eventually recover the penguin.  Staff at Tokyo Sea Life Park said Thursday they are no longer combing riverbanks every day looking for any sign of the the penguin known only as penguin #337, which fled captivity in early March. “Although we believe the penguin is doing OK somewhere in a river near Tokyo Bay, we don’t know what else to do after nearly a month of searching,” the park’s Takashi Sugino told the Post. “Maybe it moved to an area far away from the park, in which case it’s hard for us to find as Tokyo Bay is rather big.” Keepers have asked birdwatchers for help in tracking down the escapee but despite an initial flurry of news, they have received no credible information for some time. “We hope to get fresh sightings in August, when the bird molts and its adult black-and-white feathers emerge because it will be easier for ordinary people to recognise it as a penguin,” he said. The hunt for the Humboldt penguin began after the one-year-old bird was snapped bathing in the mouth of a river. Keepers believe the two foot tall penguin made its break for freedom after scaling a rock twice its size, in an escape that has been compared with the exploits of animals in the animated hit film Madagascar.

Last known picture of penguin #337 in the water last month in Tokyo Bay.


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3 Responses to “Search For Missing Penguin Called Off”

  1. jenniferadamec Says:

    go pengy go!

  2. Mike Says:

    Reuters claims the Japanese coast guard spotted him May 7 having a grand old time! Below is link to picture:

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