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Happy Feet Can Go Home (VIDEO)

Happy Feet Can Go Home (VIDEO)

 

Happy Feet, as the Emperor penguin found on a New Zealand beach some five weeks ago has been dubbed, has been given a health clearance to head back home to Antartica. The penguin swam over 3,200 kilometers (2000 miles) from its home to Peka Peka beach on the North Island’s western coast. After spending some days on the beach — during which it ate driftwood and sand, probably mistaking the latter for snow — Happy Feet was taken to the Wellington Zoo and underwent endoscopic surgery.

Since then, he’s been staying at the zoo in an air-conditioned room where the temperature is a nicely icy 2 degrees Celsius (shaved ice and big blocks of ice add to the chill).

The Star reports that Happy Feet has gained about nine pounds (four kilograms) and passed an x-ray and a blood test. The penguin is likely to be released from the south end of New Zealand in a few weeks.

I don’t know if there are any plans to track Happy Feet to see if he returns safely home. Assuming that he does, he will have quite a tale to relate and one with — hoping that he makes it back to Antartica — a happy ending.

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Photo of Emperor penguins in Antartica by elisfanclub

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9:36AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Wonderful story! At last a happy ending one....I love penguins!

7:10PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

This is great! This makes me so happy!

2:53AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

Good luck!

11:35AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Hopefully they will track him just in case he gets lost again.It may provide valuble data.

4:04AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Poor guy, he already got lost once, he should be taken closer to the others so that doesn't happen again. Can you imagine how it'll feel to him to be dumped in some strange place and then have to figure out how to get back to his family? How sad!

3:56AM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Imagine him explaining his trip to his wife (penguins are monogamous).Can you imagine her amazement that they built him an air conditioned home full of blocks of ice when they have tons of ice at home? Next year they BOTH may show up just so he can prove he wasn't kidding.

7:27PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

I am happy to..

2:01AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Hope this little guy gets back sound and sound!!

1:14AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

I. LOVE. PENGUINS! This gives me happy feet!

7:45PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Penguins are cute. This story makes me happy. :3

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