Lately I’ve been seeing some referrer hits from search engines with keywords including “baby penguin stolen newport ky.” I’m just going to let those people who are wondering where the stolen baby penguin from Newport, Kentucky, is – no where. As far as penguin snatchings, you are probably looking for articles regarding the baby penguin that was stolen from the Amazon World Zoo on the Isle of Wight which is near Newport, Britain. This happened back in December of 2005 soon after March of the Penguins debuted in theaters. Sadly, the penguin was never found and even if it was released into the sea as purported, it was too young to survive on its own as it needed its parents to feed it.
Alternatively, there are urban legends still going around about children sneaking penguins home in their backpacks from trips to zoos, aquariums, and theme parks. According to Snopes, these myths are just that. These have been going around since the early 1990’s. I seriously doubt that a child could get into the enclosures in the first place. Most places I’ve seen have penguins in another room that is climate controlled and getting into that would be thwarted by other security measures, I’m sure. Even if a penguin was snatched and handled improperly, it would most certainly bite, beat, and/or scratch whomever it may be. Very doubtful one could be stuffed into a backpack, I’d say.
Sorry, guys, but no stolen penguins in Kentucky. I’m sure the folks at the Newport Aquarium count them everyday!