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PE youths, who allegedly stole Buddy the penguin now expected in court in March

Dec 13, 2016
PE youths, who allegedly stole Buddy the penguin now expected in court in March

Two Port Elizabeth students, who allegedly broke into Bayworld Museum, Oceanarium and Snake Park in Summerstrand and stole the beloved Port Elizabeth penguin 'Buddy', are now expected to appear in court again in March 2017. This is after they failed to pitch up for their hearing on Tuesday because they were writing exams, according to their lawyer.

Emile Du Plessis and Adrian Doman face charges of theft, contravention of marine conservation regulations and trespassing after they handed themselves to Port Elizabeth police several days after the penguin was reported stolen.

"According to the trainers at the marine park, they noticed on Thursday, 22 September 2016, that the penguin is missing while doing their routine medical check-ups on the animals," described police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu, then.

CCTV footage captured two unknown persons on the premises, which raised the suspicion that 'Buddy' may have been stolen.

The penguin was micro-chipped and also tagged (see picture).

Apparently, on their arrest, the two students told the police that they did not believe animals should be raised in captivity and had released the penguin into the ocean.

The penguin has been missing ever since.