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article imageWhat's black & white & read all over? This missing penguin story

By Tucker Cummings     Mar 5, 2012 in World
Tokyo - A wayward penguin is making headlines around the globe after escaping from the Tokyo Sea Life Park. The 1-year old Humboldt penguin has been seen in local rivers and may be heading towards Tokyo Bay.
BBC News reports the bird likely escaped its enclosure by scaling a rocky area near the walls of the harbor-front aquarium, which is home to 134 other penguins.
Takashi Sugino, a spokesman for the aquarium, told reporters, "We first noticed the penguin might have fled when the director of a neighboring zoo emailed us Sunday with a photo."
Sugino added that attempts to recapture the bird have been unsuccessful. "It's a bit of a struggle to catch it when it is swimming because it swims at a tremendous speed. We are hoping to catch it when it climbs up on land to sleep."
Humboldt penguins are native to South America, and are classified as a threatened species.
Anyone who spots the penguin is asked not to chase it. Instead, contact the sea park at (03) 3869-5153.
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