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Last Updated: Tuesday January 24 2006 17:58 GMT

Toga's parents hatch baby penguin

Toga's parents Kyala and Oscar
The parents of the baby penguin stolen from a zoo in December have hatched a new chick.

Three-month-old Toga was taken from his home at Amazon World on the Isle of Wight a week before Christmas.

His parents Oscar and Kyala appeared to be very upset, and were seen pacing their pen looking for their son.

But after hatching a new egg on Valentine's Day they now have a new baby to look after. The chick hasn't been named yet and its sex isn't known.

Amazon World's owner Derek Curtis said about Oscar and Kyala: "They went through a stressful time when we lost Toga.

Three-month-old Toga, who was taken from his home in December
"Then they started to beak tap and carrying nesting material."

Reward

Toga's disappearance sparked a worldwide hunt, and a 25,000 reward was put up for the safe return of the chick.

Experts said it was unlikely that the baby bird could survive without his parents for very long because he was still being fed by them.

Mr Curtis said he had given up hope of finding Toga. Police thought the chick might have been stolen as a Christmas present.



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