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When Were Penguins Stolen From the Coney Island Aquarium?

 On May 9, 1965, an MTA detective watched teenagers board a subway car at Coney Island and leave behind a cardboard box that moved. Thinking a gull was inside, he took the box to Stillwell Avenue to release it. He instead idscovered a penguin that bit him on the thumb. The detective contacted the Coney Island Aquarium and a count showed that one penguin was indeed missing.

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