German zoo wants its stolen penguin back

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A rare penguin was stolen from a German zoo.

Zookeepers noticed the Humboldt penguin was gone after a routine head count.

The Mannheim police want the little guy returned.

They reached out to the penguin-thieves on Facebook.

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A Humboldt penguin swims in his pool in a zoo at the Lusisenpark in Mannheim April 8 , 2011.

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Humboldt penguins swim in their pool in a zoo at the Lusisenpark in Mannheim April 8 , 2011.

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A zookeeper feeds a Humboldt penguin in a zoo at the Lusisenpark in Mannheim April 8 , 2011.

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The Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) is a large, arboreal lizard native to the Caribbean, Central and South America. It can grow to six foot. It is herbivorous and arboreal feeding on leaves, fruit and vegetables.Luisenpark Zoo, Mannheim, Baden-Wurttemberg State, Germany, Europe.

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The Helmeted Baselisk (Corytophanes sp.) is a tree dwelling lizard made up of a number of species found in the central and south American region. They are moderately sized lizards and have head crests shaped as casques and are used in a defensive display.Luisenpark Zoo, Mannheim, Baden-Wurttemberg State, Germany, Europe.

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The poor little guy is dependent on special food and living conditions at the zoo to survive.

The little suited bird went missing from its exhibit in Luisenpark Zoo on Saturday sometime during business hours.

It is marked with a number 53 tag on one of its wings and also has an ID chip.

Police say these traits can make it harder to sell on the black market and, as cute as the bird is, they require a lot of work to take care of.

There is believed to be about 32,000 Humboldt's left. In fact, there's so few left that Peru created protected nesting sites.

(By: Jose Sepulveda)

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