On Monday, a three-month-old baby penguin disappeared from its enclosure without a trace. “The zoo initially believed that the young penguin had fallen victim to a predator. However, this was not confirmed due to the lack of animal tracks, ”said the Salzburg State Police Directorate. Even after a meticulous search by the employees and volunteers, the penguin seemed to have disappeared without a trace.
After four days of searching, the police were called on Thursday morning by passers-by who had spotted a penguin on the sidewalk. He was walking along the Fürstenweg in Salzburg. “The animal was on the footpath and bike path and was therefore not self-endangering,” was declared in the broadcast of the state police headquarters. The police called the zoo and the zookeeper picked up the emaciated animal. The little baby penguin “could be brought to his colony unharmed” is now back with his parents, where he is recovering from his adventure in his nest.
How the bird was able to leave the enclosure and the zoo on Sunday afternoon is still a mystery. The police filed a complaint against unknown persons and suspected that the animal could have been stolen. How the little penguin escaped or whether he was deliberately put on the street is also unclear so far.