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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soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. looknclick

    Batman has to look into this before it is too late

    May 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bethjoyce

    This has got to be a slow news day!!

    May 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Crimsaint

    I'm sorry but all I can think about is that group of penguins from the Madagascar movies.

    May 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wildone

    "All the world over, so easy to see!
    Penguins everywhere, just wanna be free.
    Listen, please listen! that's the way it should be
    Peace in the ocean, penguins got to be free."

    May 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. beelzabarber

    All penguins die...but not all penguins live...FREEEEEDOM!

    May 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. daveinla


    May 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Learn to Fish

      Love it!

      May 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. carlos pederneira from angola

    run pinguin runnnnnnn to freedom,sorry,swimmmmmmmmmmm

    May 17, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tony

    what an amazing story

    May 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duh

      Ya gotta run before you can swim.

      May 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jay

    Obviously the radiation levels gave this little penguin super powers.

    May 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. drew

    damn you 337!!!!

    May 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Oscar Pitchfork

    Sounds like a job for the Invisible Fence!

    May 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JKL

    Somewhere, Danny DeVito is smiling....

    May 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JKL

    Or....is this a (Shawshank) Penguin Redemption?

    May 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Number6

    I am not a number, I'm a FREE PENGUIN!

    May 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. areacode612

    Man, leave the bird alone. He busted out fair and square!

    May 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
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