Two accused in S.African court for ‘freeing’ penguin


PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa- Two men have appeared in court in South Africa accused of stealing a penguin called “Buddy” from a marine park and releasing him into the sea, police said Friday. Adrian Donian, 22, and Emile du Plessis, 24, made a brief appearance in Port Elizabeth magistrate’s court Thursday on charges of theft and malicious damage to property. Buddy, an endangered African black-footed penguin, was taken from Bayworld Oceanarium in Port Elizabeth in a nighttime raid last week, triggering international concern over his fate as he is likely to die in the wild. He was wrapped in a shirt, bundled in a car and taken the short distance to the coast where he was released into the Indian Ocean. The two men handed themselves into Humewood police station in the city on Thursday accompanied by their lawyer. Bayworld manager Dylan Bailey this week told AFP that they had confessed to the crime and said it was a demonstration against animals being kept in captivity. But Bailey said Buddy, three, would not survive in the sea as he cannot hunt or fend for himself. “The two men were charged and immediately appeared in court the same day and released on warning,” police spokeswoman Priscilla Naidu told AFP. “The case was postponed for further investigation. They will appear again in a month’s time.”


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