27 Jun '11, 6am

Pictures: Top NZ surgeon operates on penguin to remove sand after it got lost on the way to the Antarctic

Pictures: Top NZ surgeon operates on penguin to remove sand after it got lost on the way to the Antarctic

Surgeon John Wyeth leads a medical team for surgery on an ailing Emperor penguin at the Wellington zoo on June 27, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP WELLINGTON - ONE of New Zealand's top surgeons was enlisted on Monday to operate on an ailing Emperor penguin found on a beach near Wellington, some 3,000km from its Antarctic home. More used to dealing with sick humans than poorly penguins, surgeon John Wyeth performed a delicate two-hour operation on the bird, nicknamed 'Happy Feet', which has suffered declining health since it appeared last week. Assisted by a six-person medical team, Dr Wyeth performed an endoscopy to remove twigs, stones and sand which had been clogging the penguin's gut, feeding a tiny camera down its throat then looping a line around the debris. 'It (was) a memorable experience,' said Dr Wyeth, the head of gastroenterology at Wellington Hospital and a past president ...

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