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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67 comments

Veronique L.
Veronique L.4 years ago

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

Serena Alonzi
4 years ago

This is great! This makes me so happy!

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B.4 years ago

Good luck!

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan4 years ago

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

Nicole B.
Nicole B.4 years ago

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!

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson4 years ago

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.

Dawid P.
Dawid P.4 years ago

I am happy to..

Jingli Z.
Jingli Z.4 years ago

Hope this little guy gets back sound and sound!!

Lilithe Magdalene

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

Derp Herpington
.4 years ago

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