Two South African students accused of kidnapping a penguin from a marine park and releasing it into the wild have had the charges against them dropped, the AFP news agency is reporting.
Adrian Donian and Emile du Plessis took the penguin, Buddy, in a demonstration against animals being kept in captivity.
At the time, Dylan Bailey, the manager of Bayworld in Port Elizabeth, said the penguin was “completely ill-equipped to survive in the wild”.
Buddy has never been found.
AFP reports that the magistrate dropped the charges because the authorities took too long deciding whether to go ahead with the prosecution.