Police pick up a penguin from village street after farmyard escape

SKY NEWS – The flightless bird had escaped from his home on a farm about a mile away.

A friendly penguin was spotted “plodding” up a Nottinghamshire village street in the early hours of the morning.

Police officers came across the distinctive bird last weekend as they were on patrol in Strelley, west of Nottingham.

Revealing details of the unusual encounter for the first time yesterday, Nottinghamshire Police said the “friendly” Humboldt penguin was spotted taking a stroll and subsequently questioned by officers.

They said they “quickly moved to question him on what he was doing walking in the middle of the road”.

The cheeky chappie had escaped from a farm enclosure about a mile away, police said, and officers decided to nickname him “Po-Po”.

PC Gareth Philp said, “We see some very interesting things while out on patrol, but a penguin walking up the middle of the road has to be one of the more bizarre findings we have come across.

“We nicknamed him Po-Po.”

Police said the bird was very friendly and was happy to pose for some photos. PHOTO: SKY NEWS