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. Fat Penguin

    Female penguins gorge themselves. Really. The eat and eat and eat some more. Not to maintain their national obesity epidemic, but to return home just in time for their babies to hatch, guarded on the feet of the daddy penguin who hasn't eaten in months.
    Learn from the Penguin. Other birds taught you how to fly. Pengiins can't fly, so they teach us something else.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • BigRed

      Wow. Penguin females seem to be a lot like my wife.

      May 17, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Yeah, but special forces training?

      May 17, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      Why are there no like or + buttons? I need to give BigRed recognition for making my day.

      May 17, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Emporer

      Stop the misinformation, please. It is the males who gorge themselves silly, preparing to guard the hatchlings while the female, (wait for it) goes to sea to try and find food to (wait for it) feed her family. Really. Penguins also are monagamous, something that men can also learn from...the male doesn't abandon his family in pursuit of fresh tail, thus not contributing to the national male ho epidemic. Really.

      May 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Ant

    You might want to learn the lesson of the ant before graduating to advanced penguin. 🙂

    May 17, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    Damn... This is news I can really use. Jeez!

    May 17, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. The Ant

    Well, Portly Tony (if you are an avg. American girthwise) This is big news if you give it a chance.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Ok then, how about the *bunny* I saw hopping across the street downtown. No lie! 🙂 lol

    May 17, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. tooquiet4me2005

    Go 337! Go!!

    May 17, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jim

    The penguin is headed for Madagascar.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Goose66

    Perhaps this penguin is part of an elite team of penguin agents working in the Tokyo aquarium?

    May 17, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brian Hartman

    So how did the penguin get over the wall??

    As far as I know, penguins can't fly, and they certainly don't seem well-adapted for climbing.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack 63

      Where there's a will, there's a way.

      May 17, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Karaya

    Was it Skipper or Kowalski?

    May 17, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Kowalski. It's •always• Kowalski, lol.......

      May 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JC

    "Smile and wave, boys, smile and wave. You didn't see... anything."

    May 17, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Lol JC!!! That cracked me up!!

    May 17, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Megan

    Let the penguin be free its seems happy and healthy and just like human escapees it will just escape again

    May 17, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. duffer

    Just want to be free and live my life fishing and having fun !!!!!

    May 17, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Web

    History shows again and again how nature points up the folly of man.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
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