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Happy Feet, a young emperor penguin, was found walking on Peka Peka Beach, north of Wellington in New Zealand, on June 20. He had somehow gotten way off track and swam 2,000 miles from Antartica. He stayed on the beach for some days but was taken in by the Wellington Zoo after eating driftwood and sand (which he’d mistaken for snow). After surgery, he spent several weeks recovering in a specially air-conditioned room. The Wellington Zoo set up a webcam and, like Knut, Shrek and Heidi,  the three-year-old penguin acquired a worldwide following.

In the beginning of September, Happy Feet released into the southern ocean. He was outfitted with a tracking device, which soon went silent. While it’s possible that he may have been eaten, by a shark or a killer whale, it’s also very likely that the tracker just fell off and that Happy Feet made his way back home to Antartica.

Photo of an emperor penguin in Antartica by Jenny Varley

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1:54AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Poor things.............maybe human intervention isn't always good!

1:44PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Rest in Peace.

1:38PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Rest in Peace.

4:28PM PST on Nov 7, 2012


12:48AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Thanks for posting

11:15AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Funny anecdote about Shrek the sheep, but why wasn't his wool used to make 20 womens suits?

11:12AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

i'll always remember the adorable Knut.

11:11AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

I'll always remember the adorable Knut.

8:01AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

very sad

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