The case against two young men accused of stealing Buddy an African penguin from Bayworld was postponed in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Adrian Doman, 22, and Emile du Plessis, 18, did not appear in court, as they were “busy writing exams”.
Earlier in September, two men snatched Buddy from the research and conservation facility for marine animals, apparently because they wanted him to be in the wild. The pair later owned up to taking the penguin and handed themselves over to police.
CCTV footage showed the pair breaking into Bayworld Oceanarium in the middle of the night and taking selfies with Buddy.
Doman and Du Plessis are facing charges of theft, contravention of marine conservation regulations and trespassing. The pair were released on warning.
Advocate Hannelie Bakker representing the two young men indicated that she needed to make further representations to the National Director of Public Prosecutions regarding diversion programs.
The case was postponed until March 3 next year.