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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Wrong Way Penguin Starting to Eat Salmon

I love the story out of New Zealand three weeks ago that an Emperor penguin took a wrong turn while swimming in Antarctica and ended up 2,000 miles to the north, on the shores outside of Wellington. It was the first time in 44 years that an Emperor penguin has been sighted in New Zealand. Unfortunately, the young lad, who Kiwis are calling “Happy Feet,” started to eat sand, mistaking it for ice. He has since had four surgeries at the Wellington Zoo to remove all twigs and sand and is now on a fresh diet of salmon. The zoo hopes to keep him for another month, so he can regain his strength before hopefully making the long trek back home.

Posted by Steve Jermanok on 07/07/11 at 01:00 PM
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He's going to need a lot of salmon for that swim home! Can't he just book a passage on a cruise to Antarctica?

Picture of Lisa Leavitt Comment by Lisa Leavitt
on 07/07/11 at 08:47 PM

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