22 Jun '11, 8am

Penguin takes a 3,200km detour to become a NZ beach attraction

WELLINGTON - 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. Ms 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 himself stranded far from home. The bird "was totally in the wrong place", she said. Estimated to be about 10 months old and 80cm tall, the Emperor penguin was probably born during the last Antarctic winter and may ...

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