Fugitive penguin apparently thriving in Tokyo Bay
Penguin 337 is shown shortly after its escape from Tokyo Sea Life Park in March.
May 17th, 2012
08:40 AM ET

Fugitive penguin apparently thriving in Tokyo Bay

A penguin that escaped from a Japanese aquarium in March is apparently thriving in Tokyo Bay, according to news reports from Japan.

The fugitive bird, known as Penguin 337, somehow scaled a 13-foot-high wall and then got through a barbed-wire fence to get into the bay.

Officials from Tokyo Sea Life Park feared the 1-year-old Humbolt penguin would not survive in the waters of the bay, busy with marine traffic headed for densely populated Tokyo.

But apparently 337 is making meals of small fish in the bay and finding some place to rest onshore at night, park officials said, according to a Reuters.

"It didn't look like it has gotten thinner over the past two months, or been without food. It doesn't seem to be any weaker. So it looks as if it's been living quite happily in the middle of Tokyo Bay," Kazuhiro Sakamoto, deputy director of the park, told Reuters.

The penguin was filmed by a Japanese coast guard patrol craft on May 7, but the crew was unable to catch it.

See the latest photo of the penguin on Reuters AlertNet.

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  1. Bill

    I hear they taste like chicken!

    May 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yeah Buddy!

    Hahaha 337 incognito! Forget 007, 337 is takin' over the steering wheel! :)

    May 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sonia

    Why "fugitive"? Is 337 a criminal?! Runaway, at best. If this freebird is caught, s/he should be returned to the wild.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. walkthetalk2

    Happy Feets in the house y'all

    May 20, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fiona

    He will get lonely at some point. Penguins are social animals.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. natfka

    He will probably eat some endangered fish or other sea animal, causing a massive pacific ocean extinction, which will reverberate across the globe and wiping all food sources off the face of this planet. We are doomed.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
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