The Great Penguin Escape

Don’t let this cute Humboldt penguin fool you, Penguin 337 will not follow the rules

Don’t let this cute Humboldt penguin fool you, Penguin 337 will not follow the rules

This plucky Humboldt penguin had scaled rocks twice its size and then found a gap in the 6 foot high fence surrounding Tokyo Sea Life Park to get to open water.  Initially, the park staff were worried penguin 337 would not be capable of surviving outside the the aquarium. But, after seeing the videos people had taken of him enjoying the prime fishing areas of Tokyo Bay, they admitted he was more than capable looking after himself.  Since becoming an international celebrity the least his Japanese hosts could do was give him a proper name, and shortly after his capture penguin 337 was named Sazanami, which translates as “small waves”.   Sazamami also sounds similar to how “337” is pronounced in Japanese, the aquarium said in a statement.  To show just how popular this penguin is the competition to name penguin 337 attracted over 6,400 entries, and as far as we know Sazamami is perfectly happy with his new name and to be back with his buddies at Tokyo Sea Life Park.

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