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Published on Feb 20, 2013
 

Penguin dubbed 'Happy Feet Jr' found stranded in New Zealand

 
 

WELLINGTON (AFP) - A penguin dubbed 'Happy Feet Jr' has been found stranded 2,000km from home in New Zealand, reviving memories of another wayward penguin that washed up in 2011.

The latest wandering stray was discovered close to death on the coast south of Wellington over the weekend and taken to the capital's zoo suffering from malnutrition and kidney failure.

Wellington Zoo veterinary surgeon Lisa Argilla said it was a juvenile royal penguin, which had drifted far from a breeding colony in sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island and was believed to be the first ever seen in the North Island.

"He's probably left Macquarie in February last year and been caught in a current as he's been feeding and ended up here," she told AFP. "He's in terrible condition, absolutely emaciated with his kidneys not functioning. Hopefully we can reverse that, feed him up and bring him back to good health, but it's touch and go at the moment."