A pair of penguins in New Zealand has been officially apprehended by authorities after being discovered hiding out in a sushi stand.

Last Monday evening, Wellington District Police (WDP) announced that two penguins, described as “waddling vagrants”, were temporarily detained after receiving a report that they had taken “refuge” at the stand on Featherston Street, Wellington. This was their second act of trespassing on the premises that day.

Police worked with the Department of Conservation and the Wellington Zoo to send the adventurous birds back to sea. (TVNZ via AP)
Police worked with the Department of Conservation and the Wellington Zoo to send the adventurous birds back to sea. (TVNZ via AP)

The penguins have been released from police custody and are now being taken care of by New Zealand’s chief governmental wildlife body, the Department of Conservation (DOC).

The DOC twitted last Tuesday: “Wellington’s little blue penguins with a taste for sushi have been moved to a nesting box. Our rangers report that they seemed to like it and were making cooing noises which is a good sign.”

A staffer first noticed something was amiss. He heard a “cooing, humming” sound coming from near the warm grills beneath the mobile food truck.

According to Wellington Police, Constable John Zhu quickly responded to the scene “after sensing something fishy.”

The wanderers were soon identified as little blue penguins and released back into Wellington Harbour, with the assistance of the DOC and Wellington Zoo.

Little blue penguins, known locally as korora, have a habitat that is spread widely along the New Zealand coastline but rarely seen during the daytime. They typically start looking for nesting spots in July and start laying eggs in August.

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