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Humboldt penguin Tomas returned to wild by lifeguards

The Today Show had a cute video (at the bottom of this post) this morning of a Humbold penguin that was adopted by local police in Lima, Peru. Late today, Reuters moved images of the penguin being transported to a sanctuary by lifeguards.

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A lifeguard releases Tomas, a lost Humboldt penguin, near a penguin colony on San Lorenzo Island Jan. 26. Tomas was rescued by lifeguards on Sunday after losing his way and landing at the beach of Agua Dulce in the Lima district of Chorrillos. Humboldt penguins, poached for meat and sought after as household pets, are considered an endangered species according the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture.

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Tomas, a lost Humboldt penguin, stands in a boat, which will be used to transfer him to a penguin colony on San Lorenzo Island Jan. 26

Mariana Bazo / Reuters

A lifeguard holds Tomas, a lost Humboldt penguin, before he is transferred by boat to a penguin colony on San Lorenzo Island Jan. 26

A little Humboldt penguin turned up in Lima, Peru, after wandering miles away from his beach home. And, as TODAY's Ann Curry reports, a local police squad adopted the creature and made it their mascot.