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Lucky escape: Penguin flees deadly Tbilisi floods, makes 60km trip to Azeri border

An African penguin, one of the dozens of animals who escaped Tbilisi zoo as it was being devastated by a massive flood, made it as far as the Azeri border – a trip of some 60 km downriver – before being picked up in a dragnet by the authorities.

The penguin’s flightless flight apparently took it south from Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, over the Kura River. It was spotted near the Red Bridge, a historic structure on the border between Georgia and Azerbaijan. His discovery on Tuesday was reported by the zoo management.

“Fifteen minutes ago they called us and told that a penguin is swimming near the Red Bridge. He is alive. A group went to bring him back to Tbilisi,” the zoo said.