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Rogue Penguins Defy Police, Return To Sushi Store After Being Removed Just Hours Before

New Zealand Police have been forced to double-down on a pair of criminals who re-offended just hours after being released from custody.

Two blue penguins were first spotted under near a sushi bar located in New Zealand's capital city Wellington on Saturday.

They were seen huddled under the Sushi Bi shop near Wellington railway station at dawn.

The shop owners contacted New Zealand Police to report the apparent trespassing and law enforcement officers arrived around 6.30am.

Sushi Bi, Wellington
Photo: Google Maps.

"[The] waddling vagrants were removed from their sushi stand refuge earlier today by Constable John Zhu," New Zealand Police said.

The pair of penguins were briefly detained by police and were then released back into Wellington Harbour.

But, the criminals returned on Monday evening, apparently scoping out a place where they could nest.

It's common for penguins to pair up in July and August and start searching for somewhere that might be appropriate to settle and raise their chicks.

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Wini Morris works at the sushi shop where the penguins hid. She told the New Zealand Herald that the penguins were huddled beneath the shop where there's shelter from the cold.

"It's pretty insane the idea that some penguins are camping out under your shop," she said.

"But it's adorable I think they're probably terrified but it's adorable."

Blue penguins, also known as Little Penguins, are native to New Zealand and are currently classified as having a 'declining' conservation status.

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Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au