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Stolen Penguin Re-Unites with the Park

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Published on Apr 16, 2012

After allegedly being stolen, a seven-year-old penguin was back in his enclosure at an Australian theme park on Monday. The alleged kidnapping of the penguin was done by a group of late night revelers. This penguin, belonging to a small fairy species of penguins is named dirk.

He began his adventures late on the night of Saturday the 14th of April when three men allegedly entered the sea world on the gold coast and took the penguin with them. Sea World were unaware Dirk was missing until they were contacted by police and a rescue mission was then launched.

Trevor Long, Sea World's Director of Marine Services, said Dirk was lucky to survive the adventure. "This animal is a captive born animal, 7-years-old, never experienced things like boats or wide open spaces, so we are very fortunate to see Dirk back with his mates this morning," said Long. Animal carriers said the penguin was exhausted by the ordeal, but was now back in the enclosure with his breading partner, Peaches.

Dirk's return is timely with the penguins about to enter the breeding season. Police have charged three men aged 18, 20 and 21 with trespass, stealing and unlawfully keeping a protected animal.

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