This is the cute penguin that escaped from the Budapest zoo and was caught when it waddled out in front of a patrol car.
The Budapest Police Headquarters (Budapesti Rendor Fokapitanysag; BRFK) said the incident was tackled by cops in the 14th district of Zuglo, in the capital city.
In their statement, obtained by Newsflash, they reported: “An unusual escapee was caught and kept cool by our colleagues on a busy road of the capital.”
The police said that they spotted the penguin after it ran out in front of one of their patrol cars: “Zuglo policemen were greeted by a sight not usually seen by traffic officers on Gyorgy Dozsa [street], where a penguin illegally ran out in front of their patrol car.”
The police said that they stopped traffic in order to catch the bird and they said it appeared to be in the mood for a morning stroll.
They said: “The police and the citizen guards of Zuglo, who serve with them, stopped traffic on the road during the time of restraining the
adventurer who was in the mood for an early morning stroll. They then carefully caught the wayward bird and wrapped it in a blanket.”
The police said that they notified the zoo immediately of the capture, before taking a selfie with their unusual suspect.
The police added: “The stray penguin was safely brought to its home by the police and citizen guards that handed it over to the staff of the Capital Zoo.”
The Zoo and Botanical Garden of the Capital is the oldest zoo park in Hungary and one of the oldest in the world.
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