Penguins are amazing creatures, aquatic wingless birds with black and white plumage looking very much like they are wearing tuxedos and on their way to an important gala when they strut their stuff. Downright adorable but hardly suitable as pets.
When a Japanese family found a King penguin injured and caught up in a fishing net they probably had no thoughts of keeping it as a pet, but they did take care of it in their home and nurtured him back to health and that’s were Lala, as they named him, decided to stay.
It was such a rare occurrence at the time that news spread and journalists clamored to get in touch with the family and interview the family. Real TV did manage to make a short documentary in 1996. Lala was about 10 years old at the time. Lala lived with her adoptive family in a small village in Japan, she had her own air-conditioned room and went for regular walks around the village, as penguins do.
When the family took him to the fish market the first time, Lala kept going back for fish. The family decided to strap a small backpack on him and taught him to go to market himself to get his fish.
What an amazing sight, seeing a penguin in a tuxedo strolling down the village streets with a backpack on his back!
Sadly, Lala passed away, but his memory lives on and thanks to Real TV we have the pleasure of witnessing Lala going to market, some 13 years later.
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