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. ocho

    Godzilla!

    May 17, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron Chaney

      Romney vs. Frankenstein (Obama)

      Put simply, better the devil you don't know. Vote Romney.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. digitalclips

    Look, he's waving ... Or is it a she?

    May 17, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. bettyboop33

    Smart little penguin....give him a break...will ya? ....he managed to escape... now let him enjoy his reward: FREEDOM.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. RikParker

    AH HAAAA! My plan to generate a tsunami that would cause nuclear radiation generated mutations in penguins is working! Scaling 13 foot walls is not the only special skills he has acquired. Wait til you seem him dance!

    May 17, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. bxgrrl

    Go penguin!

    May 17, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. shifafire

    the real shawshank redemption. now he or she needs a family!

    May 17, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Megan

    this is the coolest thing I've read all day.... I know it's a flipper, but I feel like he's giving us all the middle finger... like "see ya, suckers!"

    May 17, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. ForGoodOfAll

    Tough macho penguin!! Let him live free; he has certainly earned that right!

    May 17, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. zappafrank

    Madagascar in real life!

    May 17, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mojo

    They are on the way to Madagascar

    May 17, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Greenspam

    Accept what you are.. number 337

    May 17, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      He is not a number! He is a free penguin!

      May 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sarah

    Little guy looks pretty darn pleased with himself lol. I hope he's happy and safe out there! Maybe a friend will escape, too so he wont be the only penguin, would get kind of lonely I'd imagine.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. John in NJ

    Way to Go Skipper, or is it Private?

    May 17, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Boinking BIll

    Where's Batman when you need him.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. andreachaim

    swim forest, swim

    May 17, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
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