Friday 24 November 2017

Young penguin stolen from zoo found dead near car park

The zoo's Humboldt penguins are among dozens of birds moved out of public view
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A young Humboldt penguin stolen from its enclosure at a zoo in Germany has been found dead.

Prosecutors have opened an investigation and are looking for possible witnesses, police spokesman Michael Klump said.

The animal's body, which could be identified by the number 53 on its wing, was found on Thursday near a car park in in the south-west German city of Mannheim, he said.

Police said the unknown thief probably dropped the penguin near the car park.

It was not clear whether the bird was already dead at the time.

The zoo's director called the death of penguin number 53, who was reported stolen on Saturday, the worst possible outcome.

Joachim Koeltzsch said: "All of us are shocked about the death."

In 2010 a penguin was stolen from Dublin Zoo by three men.

The raiders scaled a fence and entered the penguin habitat, capturing a 10-year-old female named Kelli.

They put her into a sack and left the zoo where they hailed a taxi passing through the Phoenix Park.

They told the driver they had a rabbit with them and he dropped them in Dublin's north inner city.

The penguin was found wandering around Rutland Street and was taken back to the zoo by gardaí from Store Street.

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