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Jailbreak! Octopus Escapes From New Zealand Aquarium

Apr 14, 2016 04:28 AM EDT
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A resident octopus of the National Aquarium of New Zealand has made the recent headline due to its cunning and brilliant escape from captivity.
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A resident octopus of the National Aquarium of New Zealand has made the recent headline due to its cunning and brilliant escape from captivity.

Inky, an octopus about the size of the soccer ball, managed to find his way out to the ocean during the night leaving only traces of suction cap prints.

Upon surveying the scene of the crime and investigating Inky's prints, aquarium staff discovered that Inky managed to escape his tank by squeezing through a small gap at the top. He then waltzed eight feet across the hole, finding his way to a 164-foot long runoff pipe that led out into Hawke's Bay.

Keepers of the aquarium only found out about Inky's triumphant escaped the next day when they saw his roommate Blotchy alone in their tank.

In a report from Radio New Zealand, Rob Yarrall, manager of the National Aquarium, said that they searched the pipes where Inky used to escape, but he was already gone.

"He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes which go back to the ocean and off he went," shared Yarrall. "And he didn't even leave us a message."

The great escape actually happened a few months ago, but it was only now that words spread out, according to CBS News. Inky has been living in the aquarium since it was turned over by a fisherman who caught him in a clay pot in 2014.

 

He was named Inky, after the suggestion of Gerry Townsend won the "name the octopus" competition organized by the Napier City Council.

In the city's press release in 2014, Kerry Hewitt, curator of the exhibits, have mentioned that Inky was getting used in his new aquarium life but they needed to amuse him every now and then, or he would get bored.

Boredom must be the motivation of Inky to leave his caged life for the vast ocean. At present, there are still no words of Inky's whereabouts.

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