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Costumed penguins waddle around Japanese park to welcome African leaders

May 31, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Penguins waddling in African costumes welcomed the arrival of around 50 African leaders to Yokohama, Japan.

The gussied-up African penguins waddled around a theme park ahead of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which was scheduled to get under way over the weekend.

A theme park organizer said he hoped the African leaders in town for the conference would get a chance to see the animals.

The conference aims to promote interaction and cooperation between African leaders and potential development partners.

ABC News contributed to this report.