Microchip tagging helps find stolen penguin Kelli

Stolen penguin foundA microchip led police to a penguin that had been plucked by pranksters from her home at the Dublin Zoo.

Zoo officials told the Associated Press that police tracked down Kelli the Humboldt penguin by the radio signal from a microchip implanted on the bird. She was found abandoned on a city sidewalk. After a health check Kelli was returned to her zoo enclosure.

The thieves climbed over a security fence to get in to the pen housing about a dozen penguins.

The Humane Society of the United States recommends consumers put microchips in their pets to track them if the pets gets lost. Microchips are radio transponders about the size of a grain of rice that are implanted just under the skin and contain a registration number and phone number for the chip registry. A handheld scanner can pick up that information and an animal shelter or vet can use it to contact the owner.
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