Tokyo Zoo Hunts Escaped Penguin

Bird seen swimming in nearby river

Humboldt penguin

Humboldt penguin     Photo: Thomas Tolkien

Keepers from a Tokyo aquarium are working to find a missing Humboldt penguin that escaped after apparently scaling the wall of its enclosure. The bird has since been spotted in the nearby Kyu-Edo river, but managed to evade officials attempting to capture it. "It's a bit of a struggle to catch it when it is swimming, because it swims at a tremendous speed," Takashi Sugino, an official at Tokyo Sea Life Park, told the AFP. "We are hoping to catch it when it climbs up on land to sleep." Even if it does make it to the sea, the bird will have a long way to go before it can get home: Humboldt penguins are native to South America's Pacific coast.

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