Young emperor penguin ends up in New Zealand, 2000 miles off course

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A young emperor penguin took a wrong turn while swimming near Antarctica and ended up 2000 miles away in New Zealand.

The penguin was discovered by a woman and her dog walking on Peka Peka Beach June 20.The young penguin looked healthy but  there was the possibility that he may be dehydrated from eating wet sand, mistaking it as snow. This marks the first time in 44 years an emperor penguin has been sighted in the South Pacific.

Wildlife officials initially were going to let nature take its course and see if he would find his way back. As the days progressed there was concern about his health which prompted wildlife officials to step in and move the penguin to the Wellington Zoo where surgery was planned to clear his throat of sticks and sand.

Go to the Wellington Zoo website to follow the progress or help in his recovery.

John Himmelberger | @johnhimm
John lives in Maryland where he works as a sales manager. John and his wife Eileen’s pursuit to achieve optimum health combined with a desire to send a strong message to factory farming, inspired them to examine what they put into their bodies. Now a vegan, John has great admiration for groups like Farm Sanctuary and hopes to influence others by sharing his positive experiences. Follow John on his blog and Facebook.


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