Stranded penguin “Happy Feet” in New Zealand still critical, offered ride back home to Antarctica

By on Jun 26, 2011 in Animals, Weird, World Comments

Updated: June 27, 2011 10:25 p.m.

Read “Happy Feet”, New Zealand stranded penguin recovering after third operation via endoscopy

The stranded penguin in New Zealand dubbed as “Happy Feet” is still under critical condition after the second operation, is being offered a ride back home to Antarctica.

Stranded penguin “Happy Feet” in New Zealand
being treated at Wellington Zoo

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As noted at on Sunday, June 26, 2011, penguin “Happy Feet” underwent a four-hour operation on Saturday to clear his airway at the clinic of Wellington Zoo.

Apparently, the stranded penguin was said to have spitting sand occasionally which he ate earlier as penguins are known to eat snow back home to keep their body cool.

As reported earlier, “Happy Feet” was found at the Peka Peka Beach in Kapiti Coast early last week, approximately 4,000 kilometers from his home in Antarctica.

The young Emperor penguin was moved to Wellington Zoo on Friday and went under operation that after X-Ray showed that he ate a lot of sand even sticks that caused him to be weak.

Happy Feet is being considered to be a rare visitor in New Zealand as the last known emperor penguin to have appeared on their area was in 1967 or 44 years ago.

Meanwhile, if “Happy Feet” will be fine after his third operation, locally known economist, philanthropist and traveler Gareth Morgan was said to have offered him a free ride back home to Antarctica.

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