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. Geoff

    Should have been "1337"...

    May 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David

    Anybody see a whole new series of Godzilla type movies coming when this thing mates with Mothra?

    May 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Samuel

    Someone already said that about 10 comments up...

    May 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sharoom

    Are you sure that penguin was not from a set of 3?

    May 17, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. elle2012

    FREE WILLY! (Well, it sounds like a penguin's name...)

    May 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry

    Hmmmm...Mexican penguin

    May 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Motley

    Go 337 go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Motley

      just doesnt have much of a ring to it,.. can we name him something else???

      May 17, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff


      That's what I was going to say! GO!!!!

      May 18, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Burbank

    They really shouldn't let those penguins watch Happy Feet, it gives them ideas. Since the penquin seems to be perfectly healthy except for glowing in the dark, maybe they should release another bird to keep it company. It's probably very lonely.

    May 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wowzerz

    the shawshank penguin

    May 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. luciforms

    that penguin better watch out he might end up on someones dinner plate.....

    May 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bobby Dias

    Free on Tokyo Bay- not captured like American environmentalists to make money "saving the species". "saving the species" is only a new name for locking up the animals.

    May 18, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jason Rojas

    If someone lets another penguin out, they could make a family of tokyo bay penguins

    May 18, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lord Cthulhu

    Smile and wave boys, smile and wave.

    May 18, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lord Cthulhu

      #337, thy name is Kowalski!

      May 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    The melody of mission impossible keeps going thru my mind.
    Or the thought of the Penguins of Madagascar, always trying to escape.

    May 18, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Lol@Mama.....337, your mission, should you choose to accept it...

    May 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
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