27 Jun '11, 6am

Top medic operates on New Zealand's 'lost' penguin

Top medic operates on New Zealand's 'lost' penguin

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 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) 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, 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 Wyeth, the head of gastroenterology at Wellington Hospital and a past president of the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology. "I wasn't familiar with the anatomy... if I did a similar procedure in ...

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