24 Jun '11, 3am

Fears over the health of a young Emperor penguin stranded on NZ beach have prompted officials to move it to a local zoo.

Fears over the health of a young Emperor penguin stranded on NZ beach have prompted officials to move it to a local zoo.

In this June 20, 2011 photo released by New Zealand's Department of Conservation, ranger Clint Purches watches an Emperor penguin as he walks along Peka Peka Beach in New Zealand, after it got lost while hunting for food. The young Antarctic Emperor penguin has taken a rare wrong turn and ended up stranded on a New Zealand beach. -- PHOTO: AP WELLINGTON (New Zealand) - FEARS over the health of a young Emperor penguin stranded on a New Zealand beach have prompted officials to move it to a local zoo. The penguin's rare 3,200km journey from Antarctica has captured the imagination of many. But veterinarians became concerned enough about the bird on Friday that they stepped in. Mr Peter Simpson, a programme manager for the Department of Conservation, said the penguin was eating sand and sticks and that its health appeared to be deteriorating after four days on Peka Peka Beach o...

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