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Stolen penguins returned to the zoo

Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police officers have recovered a pair of penguins after they were reported stolen from a zoo.

The two Humboldt penguins had been taken in November, and officers had a tip-off that they were residing in Strelley Village.

The birds were found safe and well on Wednesday afternoon, and were returned to the zoo.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft. He has now been released under investigation.

My first thought was this is one for the books, and one to tell the grandkids, because there's no way we thought we would go down there and actually find two penguins.

It was an unusual one. Even when we went down to custody it made everyone laugh, particularly the custody sergeant who was booking us in. It was a real off-the-wall find.

– Sergeant Andrew Browning