LaLa was found by a fisher friend of the Nishimoto family in his fishing nets with an injured beak and wing. He kept him on the boat for the rest of the 3 month fishing expedition and when he returned, brought him to the Nishimoto family. They built him a refrigerated room under their house. he accompanied Nishimoto to the fish market daily and eventually began making the trip on his own.
He is a king penguin, and as best as anyone can guess, is about 14 at the time of this video (1996). Kings live about 30 years, so I would imagine he has passed to the great penguin flock in the sky.
A man drives to a gas station and has his tank filled up. While doing thisthe clerk spots two penguins sitting on the back seat of the car. He asks the driver, “What’s up with the penguins in the back seat?” The man in the car says, “I found them. I asked myself what to do with them but, I haven’t a clue.” The clerk ponders a bit then says, “You should take them to the zoo.” “Yeah, that’s a good idea,” says the man in the car and drives away. The next day the man with the car is back at the same gas station. The clerk sees the penguins are still in the back seat of the car. “Hey, they’re still here! I thought you were going to take them to the zoo!” “Oh, I did,” says the driver, “and we had a great time. Today I’m taking them to the beach.”