15 April, 2016
This is What's Trending Today...
A small New Zealand octopus has become an international celebrity.
His name is Inky.
Inky had been living in an aquarium at the National Aquarium New Zealand since 2014. But, three months ago, Inky managed to escape. And no one has seen the octopus since.
Just this week, Inky has been in newspapers around the world. And the story of his mysterious escape went viral on social media.
She said the top to Inky's tank was slightly open. The staff then saw a wet path across the floor. The path led to a drainpipe to the Pacific Ocean.
Although Inky was about the size of a soccer ball, octopuses have no bones. They are able to fit in very small spaces, like narrow drainpipes.
National Aquarium Manager Rob Yarrall told the Guardian newspaper that octopuses are known for being good "escape artists." He called the animals curious and intelligent.
And that's What's Trending Today...
I'm Marsha James.
Words in This Story
drainpipe – n. a pipe for carrying off rainwater or liquid refuse from a building
celebrity - n. the state of being famous or celebrated
aquarium - n. a building people can visit to see water animals and plants
go viral - v. to be spread rapidly on the Internet
staff - n. a group of people who work for an organization or business