Kazuhiro Sakamoto, the park’s deputy director, thinks it may have been a case of happy feet.
"The penguin hatched last year on January 27, so it is still a very young penguin," Sakamoto said. "We think that because of its young age, it might have escaped due to its curiosity and yearning for adventure."
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TOKYO (AFP) - The hunt for a penguin at large in Tokyo after escaping from an aquarium continued for the third day on Wednesday, with eight separate sightings of the feathered fugitive.
Staff from Tokyo Sea Life park were combing riverbanks in the Japanese capital for any sign of the bird, which is believed to have bolted from its enclosure at the weekend - leaving 134 other penguins behind.
The search was raised after a photograph emerged of the one-year-old Humboldt penguin bathing in the mouth of the Old Edogawa river, which runs into Tokyo Bay, on Sunday.
Keepers believe the 60cm bird may have been so startled by something that it was able to get over a rock twice its size and make a bolt for freedom. ‘We are still searching for the bird, said Mr Takashi Sugino, an official at Tokyo Sea Life Park.
In a Houdini-like move, penguin No. 337, escapes from Tokyo Sea Life Park.
The one-year-old Humboldt penguin managed to scale a 13-foot rock wall and was last seen swimming in the nearby Kyu-Edogawa River.
The now wanted No. 337 is one of 135 Humboldt penguins kept at the aquarium and is described as 24 inches tall, with a blackish back and white chest.
Aquarium officials are asking local residents to help in the search for the loose penguin, “Please contact our aquarium if you spot it, without trying to capture or chase it.”
Meanwhile, the search continues for the fearless, feathered, fugitive bird. Officials are hoping they can stop the penguin before it swims out to Tokyo Bay.
Tokyo Searches for Escaped Penguin
Tokyo residents should be on the lookout for a 1-year-old penguin today. The bird was recently seen swimming in a river mouth in the capital after apparently scaling an aquarium wall and escaping. “We first noticed the penguin might have fled when the director of a neighboring zoo emailed us Sunday with a photo,” said an aquarium official, referring to the photo of the swimming penguin. He said officials were unable to capture it because it swam “at a tremendous speed.”
The AFP reports that the penguin “scaled a sheer rock face to escape from a Tokyo zoo. As one official at the aquarium said, “Of course it can’t fly, but sometimes wildlife have an ‘explosive’ power when frightened by something. Maybe it ran up the rock after being surprised… It’s a bit of a struggle to catch it when it is swimming, because it swims at a tremendous speed.”
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