Jackass Penguin stolen from
(Photo courtesy of Reuters) Toga an 18 inch tall baby jackass penguin was stolen form
It is believed the thieves may have climbed over a 6ft out wall before climbing over an 8 ft metal and concrete barrier to steal Toga.
Toga is too young to have yet had a gender confirmed but traditionally is referred to as a male.
The penguin’s parents Kyala and Oscar mourned the loss of the 3-month old Toga for several weeks.
Zookeepers are worried that Toga will starve to death. The penguin was still being fed by his parents putting food directly down the baby’s throat. Toga wouldn’t know how to find food and wouldn’t accept any from humans. Veterinarians estimated the penguin would survive only 5 days away from his parents.
The Royal Navy has been looking for Toga around
Toga might have been stolen by a collector of exotic animals – there are only about 170,000 South African jackass penguins in the wild and 150 in British Zoos. Toga was the first penguin born at Amazon World.
One clue that migh help identify Toga is his distinctive cry - jackass penguins are so-called because they sound like a donkey.
Kyala and Oscar hatched another chick, dubbed Temba, meaning hope.. Toga has not been found.
New Zealand Herald