22 Jun '11, 3am

Penguin takes wrong turn, ends up on New Zealand beach

Penguin takes wrong turn, ends up on New Zealand beach

In this June 20, 2011 photo released by New Zealand's Department of Conservation, an Emperor penguin walks along Peka Peka Beach in New Zealand after it got lost while hunting for food. -- PHOTO: AP WELLINGTON (New Zealand) - HE'S healthy, well-fed and far from home. And he's quickly become the most popular attraction on a New Zealand beach. If only he could talk. A young penguin apparently took a wrong turn while swimming near Antarctica and endured a 3,200km journey to New Zealand, the first time in 44 years that one of the creatures has been sighted here in the wild. Christine Wilton was walking her dog on Monday when she discovered the black-and-white bird. 'It was out-of-this-world to see it,' she said. 'Like someone just dropped it from the sky.' Ms Wilton said the scene on Peka Peka Beach reminded her of the 2006 movie Happy Feet, in which a young penguin finds hims...

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