A Humboldt penguin who has been on the run from a zoo in Tokyo have been recovered. The animal has been bred in captivity, but have managed over two months in the open.
The unusual freedom-hungry penguin took off from the zoo Tokyo Sea Life Park in early March.
The actual escape could qualify in a scene from the movie “Madagascar”. The more than two years old Humboldt penguin succeeded in some unknown way to cross a wall that was twice as high as it and found a little hole that it went out through.
Since then, the Penguins were on the run. It has occasionally glimpse in Old Edogwa River, but it has not succeeded in capturing the little fella so he could be returned to its 134 penguin friends in the zoo.
Last Thursday, two people managed to finally catch the penguin, who is in a good condition and has lost weight in recent months, reports the BBC.
What adventures Humboldt penguin has been involved in recent months does not tell the story. One of the biggest challenges are likely to have been having the power to find food, according to Thomas Lind, animal coordinator at Kolmården(probably Kolmården Wildlife Park). Penguins in captivity do not hunt themselves and often get fish to eat already dead.
“If successful hunt, it can survive. It is likely that the penguin swam into the larger school of fish and had food on the way.”he says.
Severe weather, predators and to get entangled in fishing nets are other hazards that could have been done to the 60 centimter large Humboldt penguin was in trouble.
The number of Humboldt penguins have declined greatly in the past decades and the species is threatened. In the wild, it lives off the coast of Chile and Peru.
In Kolmården live 30 or soHumboldt penguins. They have previously had problems with escapees from a completely different penguins, cliff jumps penguins.
“We had no such many years ago that jumped over the fence and ran away. But we found them under a tree until evening.”said Thomas Lind at Kolmården.
Humboldt penguins found in Japan was born in January 2010 and had never been released before. Thomas Lind says that it is very possible for some animals that have grown up in captivity to adapt to life in the wild.
“They can surprise and do well outdoors, as this penguin seems to have done.” he says.
by Linnea Johansson
The penguin had to swim desperately to get bait in Tokyo Bay and the neighboring rivers. As a result, the pectoral muscle of the penguin developed.
However, the penguin suffered from conjunctivitis.
Anyway the rivers in Tokyo are stained