Penguin Kelli Tracked By Police Using A Microchip

July 9th, 2010 - 7:40 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
kellieDublin, July 9, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The penguin Kelli of Dublin Zoo was found on a city street after being stolen from the zoo in a suspected prank. The police officials, however, tracked the penguin using a microchip as the 10 -year-old Humboldt penguin’s safety was the priority. The penguin Kelli could have been injured during the theft or could have been crushed by a vehicle, hence, the Zoo officials took the matter very seriously.

The investigators in the Irish capital said that the penguin was stolen from the zoo around 8 p.m. yesterday and was found on the streets few hours later. However, the penguin was unharmed by the thieves or any other external threats. The zoo official said in a statement that Dublin Zoo is naturally relieved that the animal was safe and unharmed and back in the zoo. He also mentioned that the zoo authorities wished to underline the annoyance about this incident and the welfare and health of all animals “is our primary” concern and that kind of incident was not frivolous and currently not something amusing.

Police authorities are investigating the theft though no one has been arrested yet. The Zoo officials said that police tracked Kelli using a signal from a microchip planted on the bird. The police said that the thieves climbed over the security fence, got inside the zoo and stole the penguin. Later, when Kellie was found out the zoo authorities released statement saying that the lost penguin has been found. The team leader of Zoo’s east section Eddie O’Brian said that the penguin was traumatized when rescued but quickly settled back into her routine.

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