The call of the wild was just too strong for one Octopus named Inky. This intelligent animal was once a resident of the National Aquarium of New Zealand until one night when the lid to his tank was left slightly ajar. Seizing the opportunity, Inky made his escape by squeezing his football sized body into a 150mm diameter drain which, to his luck, drained out to the Pacific Ocean. Inky’s roommate, another octopus, chose to stay behind.
Inky arrived at the aquarium in 2014 after being rescued by a fisherman who found him in a crayfish trap a few miles from Napier. He had a few bruises on him as well as shortened limbs, but the staff took care of him and nursed him back to health.
Aquarium manager Rob Yarrow said of the parting, “I don’t think he was unhappy with us, or lonely, as octopuses are solitary creatures. But…He would want to know what’s happening on the outside. That’s just his personality.” We wish Inky all the best for his new adventures out at sea. [h/t: mymodernmet.com]