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Two accused in S. African court for 'freeing' endangered penguin

Two men have appeared in court in South Africa accused of stealing a penguin called "Buddy" from a marine park and releasing him into the sea, police said Friday. Adrian Donian, 22, and Emile du Plessis, 24, made a brief appearance in Port Elizabeth magistrate's court Thursday on charges of theft and malicious damage to property. Buddy, an endangered African black-footed penguin, was taken from Bayworld Oceanarium in Port Elizabeth in a nighttime raid last week, triggering international concern over his fate as he is likely to die in the wild.
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