Miss­ing Buddy loses sec­ond chick

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THE SEC­OND chick of miss­ing en­dan­gered African pen­guin Buddy has died, the Bay­world Ocea­narium in Port El­iz­a­beth con­firmed.

Early in Septem­ber, two men snatched Buddy from the re­search and con­ser­va­tion fa­cil­ity for marine an­i­mals, ap­par­ently be­cause they wanted to free him in the wild.

The pair have since ap­peared in court, and the case was post­poned to Novem­ber.

CCTV footage showed the pair break­ing into Bay­world Ocea­narium in the mid­dle of the night and tak­ing self­ies with Buddy.

Since Buddy’s dis­ap­pear­ance more than a week ago, one of the male pen­guin’s two chicks died.

Bay­world’s Dylan Bai­ley said yes­ter­day the sec­ond chick of Buddy and his part­ner Frances had also died. The cause of the deaths had yet to be es­tab­lished.

Mean­while, the search for Buddy con­tin­ues and mem­bers of the pub­lic have been asked to be on the look­out.

He has a tag with the num­ber 266 on his flip­per.

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