New Zealand penguin Happy Feet now stable, to go home back in AntarcticaBy Angel Cuala on Jun 29, 2011 in Animals, Weird, World •
Happy Feet, the emperor penguin that was found stranded in New Zealand last week is now in a stable condition, and will go back to its home in Antarctica once it will fully recover.
New Zealand penguin Happy Feet
Image Credit: Mark Mitchell/nzherald.co.nz
According to New Zealand Herald on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, the stranded penguin dubbed as “Happy Feet” will be released to the sea later as agreed by DOC (Department of Conservation) officials.
As reported earlier, Happy Feet is continuously getting well after Wellington Hospital doctors performed endoscopy to the penguin on Monday.
However, Happy Feet will not be heading directly to Antarctica and instead to be released in the Southern Ocean, which was noted to be the better option for the lost penguin.
“The reason for not returning the penguin directly to Antarctica is that emperor penguins of this age are usually found north of Antarctica on pack ice and in the open ocean,” DOC biodiversity spokesperson Peter Simpson said on the report.
“This is the northern edge of the known range of juvenile Emperor penguins.” Simpson added, noting that Happy Feet will still be staying at Wellington Zoo until it has a better chance of survival.
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