Search for penguin takes ominous turn
Man reportedly tells British media he tossed
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Updated: 11:22 p.m. ET Dec. 22, 2005
LONDON - Police ran down leads and the Royal Navy was on alert Thursday in the search for
"We're all a bit ragged here, to say the least," said Kath Bright, manager of Amazon World Zoo Park, which has received nearly $13,000 in donations -- including $600 from the United States -- to offer as a reward for the safe return of the 9-pound South African jackass penguin <----- ( SHIT!!! He was AFRICAN, to boot! ).
The theft has been covered exhaustively in the British news media -- and by television stations as far away as Australia -- with airtime comparable to what Prime Minister Tony Blair's surprise visit to Iraq is receiving. Sky News, which had a grim-faced reporter live at Amazon World, showed photos of
"No questions asked," an anchor said. "We just want to get
The saga took a dark turn early Thursday after anonymous phone calls to Amazon World and to GMTV, a BBC morning television show, in which the caller said he had dumped
Bright said the calls seemed to jibe with a report the zoo received Wednesday night. A boater returning from a trip through Portsmouth harbor told a friend: "It must be cold out there; I've just seen a penguin." Bright said the friend, realizing it must have been
Police said they were investigating those reports. A spokesman for the Royal Navy said that while sailors were not actively searching for
As of Thursday night,
"He hasn't got a clue," Bright said. ( <---GOTTA be from here! )
Who would do such a thing?
A motive remained murky. Bright said.
• Penguin predicament
Dec. 21: Zookeepers on the Isle of Wight say time is running out for a stolen baby penguin.
"Or somebody could have thought it would make a cool Christmas present," Bright said, noting the current chicness of penguins due to "March of the Penguins," a popular French documentary about Emperor penguins narrated in English by American actor Morgan Freeman.
"Whatever their reason was," Bright said, "we're on a roller coaster here."
Bright said the outpouring of support from around the world had been gratifying.
One young girl sent the zoo an e-mail proposing a swap with the thief if
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Damn, we gotta get a search party coordinated!!!
What a waist of a perfectly good meal.
Hey Vito113, keep an eye out for Aimless.
BTW, Vito113/ Andy works at Portsmouth.
He won't be able to find it unless it's a Stealth Penguin.
Then it will be PoWned...
Let's just hope they find the little guy!!!!