The penguin at Wellington Zoo
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Lost Antarctic Royal penguin found in New Zealand

A royal penguin is being cared for at a New Zealand zoo after being found stranded on a beach 2,000km (1,240 miles) from home its Antarctic.

The young male bird, which was dehydrated and starving, is thought to be only the fourth royal penguin to wash up there in more than a century.

He is believed to have come from a breeding colony in the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.

Vets said the bird, dubbed Happy Feet Jr, may have been drifting for a year.

Sangita Myska reports.

  • 20 Feb 2013
  • From the section Asia