Octopus Escapes New Zealand Aquarium and Returns to the Sea
Inky the octopus has accomplished what all captive animals dream: he escaped and returned to his home. A few months ago Inky decided that his time at the National Aquarium of New Zealand was up and he was ready to hit the old dusty trail (er, bubbly trail?). He managed to sneak out of his aquarium enclosure, slither his way across the floor, and squeeze into a drain pipe no more than six inches in diameter.
Employees pieced together his daring escape the next morning when Inky was not in his tank. The scene suggested he made his way to the 164 foot-long drain pipe that led to nearby Hawke’s Bay. The aquarium manager, Rob Yarrall, said:
“He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean, and off he went. Didn’t even leave us a message.”
Left to ponder what Inky may have said in such a message, I like to think it would have been “Sayonara, suckers!”
Photo credit: National Aquarium of New Zealand