Penguin stolen from zoo reportedly is found beheaded in parking lot

February 17, 2017
25 Shares 113 Views

A Humboldt penguin at the Lusisenpark in 2011.

A Humboldt penguin at the Lusisenpark in 2011. (REUTERS/Alex Domanski, File)

The desperate search for a young penguin apparently stolen from a zoo in Germany reached a horrifying end Thursday, when the bird's carcass turned up nearby — reportedly beheaded.

PLANE HITS DEER WHILE TAKING OFF FROM CHARLOTTE-DOUGLAS AIRPORT

The Humboldt penguin vanished last Saturday from the Luisenpark in Mannheim. Officials there said all signs pointed to theft — there was no indication the flightless bird escaped or was attacked by a wild animal.

The penguin's body appeared on a park fence near a parking lot, Metro reported. Police said they knew it was the missing animal, because it had a distinctive number 53 on its wing.

SICK OWL DISCOVERED AT CONSTRUCTION SITE

Whoever snatched the penguin probably discarded it, according to investigators. They said it wasn't clear whether the bird was killed at the parking lot or beforehand.

Prosecutors were looking for possible witnesses, police spokesman Michael Klump said.

The zoo's director called the penguin's death the worst possible outcome. Joachim Koeltzsch said: "All of us are shocked about the death."

The zoo was home to about 20 Humboldt penguins in all, Deutsche Welle reported. Zookeepers first noticed the bird was missing during a routine count Saturday afternoon.

The penguin measured about 20 inches tall and weighed roughly 11 pounds.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Original Article

You may be interested

Sport nhl
0 shares86 views

The Latest: Colts add linebacker Barkevious Mingo

carclub - Mar 10, 2017

The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern): (more…)

Sport nhl
0 shares130 views

The Latest: Colts add linebacker Barkevious Mingo

carclub - Mar 10, 2017

The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern): (more…)

Sport nhl
0 shares0 views

The Latest: 49ers busy as they add 7 players

carclub - Mar 10, 2017

The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern): (more…)