The Emperor Penguin now dubbed Happy Feet that surprised the world with its journey to New Zealand has now been rescued from the Peka Peka Beach by The Department of Conservation and Wellington Zoo. Local residents had guarded the bird from the high number of sightseers that had responded to the news articles this week. Authorities stepped in when it appeared the bird was in distress.
The bird is suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion. Efforts are being made to stabilize the penguin before they can try to clear its throat of foreign matter that has been ingested in the search for food and water in New Zealand’s unfamiliar environment. Emperor penguins are truly Antarctic penguins breeding on the ice and spending most of their non-breeding time at sea in the southern ocean surrounding Antarctica.
The world is pulling for this amazing bird that has taken more than an adventure vacation.