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. banasy©

    So...is 337 on Japan's Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List?

    May 17, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. WhatWhatWhat?

    In the pic, it looks like he's flipping the camera off!

    May 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • lisaspups


      May 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheese Wonton

      He's flippering them off, lol. I hope they capture him before something bad happens.

      May 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bertilack

    The Harry Tracy of penguins ...

    May 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. farleyjc

    Poor guy is bound to end up as someone's next delicacy.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack Skellington

    This penguin must be captured now!

    May 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Outlaw

    Send him a playmate! He deserves it after his escape.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. With rent as high as it is in Tokyo

    I'd find a way to live in the bay as well

    May 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Calcommuter

    If a bird could be happy, I think he is one happy penguin. The aquarium's first mistake was calling him Penquin 337. I would run away from that too. From now on he will be called Myron.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harrys Putter


      May 17, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim Hahn

    Apparently, no one told the penguin he wasn't supposed to survive.

    May 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ChirsH

    Maybe hes on the run because he took the wrong trousers?

    May 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. laeinstein

    give it a tattoo and it will drafted to the NBA

    May 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |

    Humans are the only animals that cannot stand unlimited freedom.

    May 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jdoe

    Penguin sushi will be the next craze.

    May 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Johnny Come Lately

    That's all fine and good, until the penguin becomes radioactive, grows to giant proportions, and then waddles through downtown Tokyo destroying everything in its path.

    May 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mumble

    You go bro!

    May 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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