Police received a cold call-out to Strelley Village and found…two penguins.
A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft, and the birds have now been returned to their zoo.
The Humboldt penguins, who are natives of Peru and Chile, were believed to have been stolen in November.
Radio Nottingham say that the police were alerted by a supermarket worker who reported large quantities of mackerel were being bought.
When we went down to custody it made everyone laugh
SGT. Browning, Nottinghamshire Police
Sgt Andrew Browning said: “My first thought was this is one for the books, and one to tell the grandkids, because there’s no way we thought we would go down there and actually find two penguins.
“Even when we went down to custody it made everyone laugh, particularly the custody sergeant who was booking us in.”
The Humboldt penguin is listed as being endangered.
The penguin pick up comes after Nottingham Fire Service rescued a lizard in a wheelbarrow from Nottingham Cattle Market fire in November.
- Humboldt’s are medium-sized penguins, native to Chile and Peru
- They can grow to 56–70 cm (22–28 in)
- They can weigh up to 3.6-5.9 kg (8-13 lbs)