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. improvementsahead

    a penguin climbed a wall? yeah right, sounds like someones covering for those crazy Brits. Looks like they are at it again!

    May 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • heather

      i thought they were aussies? either way, bravo drunk men with accents! 😉

      May 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Left Wing


    May 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason K

      And it took both wings to achieve it.

      May 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. OutPastPluto

    Is this penguin named "Skipper" by any chance?

    May 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. me

    good for him GOO 337!

    May 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PenguinsOP

    Madagascar penguins outsourcing their specific set of skills, obviously.

    May 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason K

    And this is relative or pertinent to the discussion...how?

    May 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Khloe Kardasian

    You belong on the moon colony with Gingrich

    May 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack Be Humble

    And in the midst of her blossoming writing career, while chastising the President for listening to his daughters, she still found time to rescue adorable "Lee" from the prison in which it was detained.

    May 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 2012marandalaw

    He's just Fighting Crime..Leave him alone..

    May 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BE KIND

      That IS very funny.
      Nice one.

      May 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BE KIND

    He or she was like, 'Get me outta here! These funny looking things staring at me all day are creeping me out!"

    May 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. 2012marandalaw

    He's a "Mobster Peguin"..

    May 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 2012marandalaw

    Mobster Penguin..

    May 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    I'm glad the penguin is free and hope it is safe. It did not have to yell its evolutionist propaganda at people after it was free though.

    May 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. FactsRBad

    Sounds to me like The Joker helped The Penguin escape – Holy dastardly deeds Batman!

    May 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BBK


    May 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
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