Life Imitates Madagascar: Adorable Baby Penguins Break Out of Zoo Three Times in a Row

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It may be time to take away these penguins’ DVD player. A group of penguin chicks in Suzaka, Japan are proving to be troublesome to their zoo handlers, repeatedly attempting to break out their habitats — and succeeding.

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According to ABC News, two 3-month old chicks from the Suzaka Zoo rode a waterslide to freedom earlier this month. After zookeepers closed that avenue of escape, another chick crawled underneath the fence two days later. That was promptly sealed, but it didn’t stop the little guy from reportedly hopping over the fence on a second attempt.

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Zookeepers ended up finding the chick in a nearby pond and have now decided to keep the birds in an indoor cage for the time being.

All in all, it’s been three attempted escapes in 10 days. If that doesn’t scream penguins with a mission, we don’t know what does.

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Tokyo zoo officials encountered a similar situation when zookeepers spent nearly three months chasing a fugitive penguin earlier this year, which was spending its time happily cavorting around Tokyo Bay.

Erica Ho is a contributor at TIME and the editor of Map Happy. Find her on Twitter at @ericamho and Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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elginer
elginer

Animals like human beings don't like to be confined into cages. Can't blame the little penguin for wanting to be free as he should be entitled to.

elginer
elginer

Animals are like human beings, don't like to be confined in cages. Can't blame that Penguin wanting to be free.

Mario Chávez
Mario Chávez

Where are Skipper, Private, Rico and Kowalski then?

C.B.
C.B.

When Skipper says "Kowalski Analysis...Is that your last name? I want to say Analysis" it cracks me up every time

Mikebryan420
Mikebryan420

They saw the happy feet movie and they went to Antarctica to dance.

Mikebryan420
Mikebryan420

They saw the happy feet movie and went to the Antarctica to dance.

James Keller
James Keller

I've been watching a lot of these animated movies because of my kids, and I could imagine the penguins as they plan their escape. Too cute.

Genevalwo
Genevalwo

Jerry explained I am blown away that anyone able to get paid $7941 in four weeks on the network. did you see this(Click on menu Home)

Jonida Sanço
Jonida Sanço

It's about time that we outlaw Zoos, or just put humans (such as Zoo owners ) inside, just to be fair. How can they put him in a cage, this is outrageous...

BeadlesAz
BeadlesAz

Many species are becoming extinct due to the ever expanding human population. Read up on what's happening to the koalas in Australia, for example. So if you are such a supporter of animals - make sure that you don't add to the human population. Meanwhile, many zoos are working to prevent species from becoming extinct. 

Mario Chávez
Mario Chávez

How about letting the critters go and put the real animals in (you know, House reps and congressmen)?

C.B.
C.B.

 the republican ones definitely

Elizabeth McClain
Elizabeth McClain

Pure economics of supply and demand.  If there were no one going to them there would be no one owning them.  Don't blame the zoo owner....blame it on the little families and schools and various groups that are willing to pay money to see the animals in cages and enclosures.  I find it quite sad and pathetic too.

Satoros
Satoros

 And yet, without zoos, dozens of species would be extinct today if not for their efforts, dozens more wouldn't have a snowballs chance in hell at the wonderful resurgence in their numbers if it werent for zoos...the American Bison, the Przewalski's Horse, dozens of others which are now flourishing in the wild thanks to breeding programs and conservation efforts of zoos. The zoo is the last stand against extinction, and so many of you people against the concept just seem to conveniently forget that.  Im sure the penguin's cage is more comfortable than half of our homes.

elginer
elginer

Easy to say when you don't have to be in a cage.