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Parents of Missing Penguin Have New Egg

January 23, 2006

LONDON (AP) _ The parents of Toga _ the infant penguin whose disappearance last month was followed around the world _ have laid a new egg, zookeepers said Monday.

Toga, a 3-month-old jackass penguin, disappeared in December from Amazon World, on the Isle of Wight in southern England, prompting international concern.

Despite scores of reported sightings and an on-air confession from a man who called a television station to admit to stealing the bird, Toga has not been found.

Zoo manager Kath Bright said staff discovered last week that Toga’s parents had laid a new egg.

``It’s put a smile back on everyone’s face at the zoo, people were very down after Toga went missing,″ he said.

Penguins Kyala and Oscar, both around 3 years old, will share hatching duties for the next 40 days. A penguin chick is expected to emerge in late February.

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