The worst possible outcome has materialized for a penguin who was stolen from a zoo in Mannheim, Germany, over the weekend. According to the Daily Mail, the penguin, known by its identification number “53,” was found decapitated on a fence in a parking lot not far from the zoo.
The local authorities have opened an investigation into the sad situation – hoping to find whoever took the Humboldt Penguin, and who is responsible for the animal’s death. It is unclear if the bird was killed where the body was found, or elsewhere – officials are hoping that a witness will come forward with more information.
The Humboldt penguin is a South American Penguin who lives along the Pacific coast. The flightless seabird bird is considered to be a “vulnerable” breed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Number “53” resided at the zoo with approximately 20 other penguins – zoo keepers noticed that the bird was missing during a headcount on Saturday.
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