Published: Thu, July 18, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Police apprehend penguins who keep sneaking into sushi restaurant

Police apprehend penguins who keep sneaking into sushi restaurant

But two penguins in New Zealand defied police on Monday by returning to a sushi shop in Wellington not a few days after they were escorted from the premises.

Constable John Zhu responded, "after sensing something fishy", Wellington police confirmed on their Facebook page.

After the penguins were first reported, Wellington police asked motorists to watch out for the animals which may be frequently crossing the road.

Police say the penguins were nesting underneath a food truck to keep warm.

Also known as fairy penguins, they are native to New Zealand but are listed as at-risk as development encroaches upon their environment, with dogs considered the main threat. They were captured and released back to sea, but ignored police orders and promptly returned.

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"It's pretty insane the idea that some penguins are camping out under your shop".

The penguins were removed once again, with the Department of Conservation telling Radio NZ that they would be monitoring the site again just in case the incredibly tenacious birds decide to make a crack for it again. "But it's adorable I think―they're probably terrified but it's adorable".

There are approximately 600 pairs of blue penguins at the Wellington harbor, reported BBC.

Once common across New Zealand, they are now mainly found on smaller islands away from human settlement.

This was Constable Zhu's second encounter with one of the penguins, as he'd been called out on Saturday evening to rescue a "grumpy little penguin" from nearby Featherston Street, TV New Zealand reports. The website says little penguins are very noisy, especially at night.

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