Savory sushi tempts 2 penguins to nest at New Zealand store

  • In this July 15, 2019, image made off from a video, a man holds penguin near a sushi shop in Wellington, New Zealand. A pair of "vagrant" blue penguins have been forcibly removed after waddling into a New Zealand sushi shop and refusing to leave. (TVNZ via AP)

    In this July 15, 2019, image made off from a video, a man holds penguin near a sushi shop in Wellington, New Zealand. A pair of "vagrant" blue penguins have been forcibly removed after waddling into a New Zealand sushi shop and refusing to leave. (TVNZ via AP) Associated Press

  • In this July 15, 2019, photo, penguins make their way a sushi shop in Wellington, New Zealand. A pair of "vagrant" blue penguins have been forcibly removed after waddling into a New Zealand sushi shop and refusing to leave.  (Shawnee Kim via AP)

    In this July 15, 2019, photo, penguins make their way a sushi shop in Wellington, New Zealand. A pair of "vagrant" blue penguins have been forcibly removed after waddling into a New Zealand sushi shop and refusing to leave. (Shawnee Kim via AP) Associated Press

  • In this July 15, 2019, image made off from a video, penguins hide under fridge at a sushi shop in Wellington, New Zealand. A pair of "vagrant" blue penguins have been forcibly removed after waddling into a New Zealand sushi shop and refusing to leave. (TVNZ via AP)

    In this July 15, 2019, image made off from a video, penguins hide under fridge at a sushi shop in Wellington, New Zealand. A pair of "vagrant" blue penguins have been forcibly removed after waddling into a New Zealand sushi shop and refusing to leave. (TVNZ via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Posted7/17/2019 7:00 AM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Two little blue penguins just couldn't stay away from a New Zealand sushi store, returning to nest there even after police had captured them and escorted them back to the ocean.

Wellington police described them as "waddling vagrants" while the store's co-owner jokes he had no idea that word of his tasty raw fish had reached as far as the subaquatic community.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Police say the first call came Saturday night that a penguin was on a city street, and they managed to return it to the ocean. Then on Monday morning they got more calls, and found two penguins nesting beneath the Sushi Bi store.

But after police released them, the penguins were back under the store a few hours later. They were moved back to the waterfront once again.

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