the great escape
December 1, 2018

A North Korean soldier on Saturday defected to South Korea, crossing a fortified area of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) before he was found by South Korean troops.

The South Korean military plans to question the soldier as to how and why he chose to defect. This development could hinder recent progress in inter-Korean relations, where negotiators have sought to calm military hostility.

Escapes across the DMZ are rare because it is so heavily guarded and armed. Most of the estimated 32,000 North Koreans who have defected have done so by crossing the northern border into China. Bonnie Kristian

May 20, 2018

A North Korean military officer and a civilian defected from their country early Saturday morning. They were found in the Yellow Sea, the ocean area between the Korean Peninsula and mainland China, close to the border between North and South Korea. The two North Koreans reportedly expressed a desire to defect and were taken to South Korea.

This is the first military defection from North Korea in a decade, and it comes shortly before the planned talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Bonnie Kristian

April 13, 2016

Who knew octopuses were such skilled escape artists? New Zealand's National Aquarium just found out the hard way after its octopus, Inky, managed to wiggle its way out of a small gap at the top of its tank, crawl across the floor to a six-inch-wide drain, and then squeeze its body through it to slip away into the great freedom of the open ocean.

The staff at the aquarium was able to piece together the octopus' escape route by following the telltale tracks — or rather, suction cup prints — that it left behind. Apparently, the aquarium had been previously warned that while Inky was "getting used to being the aquarium," staff needed to "keep Inky amused" so he wouldn't get bored and attempt an escape, as octopuses have been known to do.

"They are very strong, and it is practically impossible to keep an octopus in a tank unless you are very lucky.... Octopuses simply take things apart," octopus expert Jennifer Mather said. "I recall reading about someone who had built a robot submarine to putter around in a large aquarium tank. The octopus got a hold of it and took it apart piece by piece."

With Inky now long disappeared into the ocean's depths, aquarium manager Rob Yarrall says the staff is turning its attention to its remaining octopus, Inky's tank-mate. "We'll be watching the other one," Yarrall said. Becca Stanek

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