Monday, 14 May 2012

Drunk tourists fined for stealing penguin from Australian theme park

Two tourists who drunkenly stole a penguin from an Australian theme park have been fined £650 each (AU $1,000). 

PA reports that the Welsh tourists, 21-year-old Rhys Owen Jones and 20-year-old Keri Mules, plead guilty to trespassing and stealing the animal in a Brisbane court on Wednesday (May 2).

The pair, both from Wales, snuck into the SeaWorld theme park and stole the fairy penguin - named Dirk - on April 14.

They were accompanied by 18-year-old Australian James Vasil, and the trio reportedly drunk one and a half litres of vodka between them at a party prior to entering the park.

Aside from stealing the penguin, the friends also set off a fire extinguisher in a shark enclosure and swam with dolphins, all filmed on their mobile phones. 

A legal representative for both Mules and Jones argued that the men meant no harm, citing that they took care of the stolen penguin later by putting it in the shower and feeding it the day after their escapade. 

Sitting magistrate Brian Kucks said that the pair were lucky not to have stumbled into the polar bear enclosure during their visit to Sea World.

Vasil currently faces a trespassing charge and has had his case adjourned until June 27. 

Watch a Seven Network news report on the story at:

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