An octopus has made a brazen escape from the national aquarium in New Zealand by breaking out of its tank, slithering down a 50-metre drainpipe and disappearing into the sea.

We’re awfully fond of octopuses here at New Escapologist, admiring them for precisely this kind of stunt. They have the wit and flexibility that so many humans lack, which is why we put one on our homepage.

So it’s with much delight that we congratulate Inky on his Shawshank-style escape. Eight cheers for inky.

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2 Responses to “Inky”

  1. Spoonman says:

    LOL! Absolutely brilliant! That article was really funny.

    I’m sure that Inky is very capable of pulling off that stunt on his own, but I do wonder if Inky was able to persuade one of the staff members into letting him escape.

    Inky brings me back fond memories of China Mieville’s “Kraken”.

  2. I always feel a bit sad for aquarium octopuses. So great to see one run off like this!

    I like China Mieville too, though Sam wasn’t mad keen on Kraken when she read it last year. I’d still give it a crack[en] though. If you’re into octopuses I recommend Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. So cool.

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