Why did the flamingo leave the friendly, affordable confines of Wichita? The zookeeper who lost him explained, "As soon as he had the chance, he flew out of here. His instincts are honed to do that." The zookeeper then presumably added, "But zoos are definitely awesome and not cruel, and you should totally come to ours. Cough. Did I just say the word cough? Ignore that. Yay zoos."
Japan's "Penguin 337" Pulls Off A Daring Aquarium Escape, Eludes The Coast Guard, And Lives The High Life In Tokyo Bay
PENGUIN 337 -- not just Pixar's upcoming foray into animal dystopia, but also the name of a penguin from Tokyo's Sea Life Park. It managed to jump a rock twice its height, slip through a gap in a seven-foot-tall fence, and elude authorities for 82 days. There's gotta be at least five movies' worth of whimsical adventures and friendship lessons in there.
In the meantime, keepers were dispatched daily to search for the penguin, and it was spotted "approximately 30 times" by fishermen and locals. And yet 337 remained on the lam for almost three months, taunting its pursuers by frolicking in the open seas, binge-eating wild fish, and achieving cult status like some Penguin Dillinger captivating Depression-era Sea Life Park. Authorities were shocked to learn that the captivity-raised animal was able to thrive in the wild for so long, the same way they were likely shocked to learn that they couldn't keep a two-foot-tall flightless waddling bird inside a perimeter fence.
Tokyo Coast Guard Office"I want a hard target search of every Mackerel House, Krill House, Refrigerator Store, Tuxedo Shop ..."