June 27th, 2011
02:15 AM ET

Penguin with sand in belly is healing

A young emperor penguin discovered with a belly full of sand in New Zealand is recovering after an endoscopy Monday, a zoo official said.

The procedure removed "much of the gunk that was in his stomach," including "rocks, sticks and stones," said Dr. Lisa Argilla, manager of veterinary science at Wellington Zoo.

The penguin, whose gender is unknown, was discovered last week at a beach north of Wellington - more than 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) from its native Antarctica.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I never tried ti determine a penguin's gender, but...well, is the gender unknown because vets didn't look, can't tell, or don't care?
    Did the reporter not ask?
    You brought it up: inquiring minds want to know.

    June 27, 2011 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Maybe it can adopt.

    June 27, 2011 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I meant "to" determine, not "ti."
    I apologize.

    June 27, 2011 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cosmotologist to the Stars

    I hope it is nekked! Nekked penguins are HOT!

    June 27, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I look like a penguin when I play in tails...

    June 27, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ryan Eld

    They've only treated a symptom, not the source of the problem.
    Forced Sand Swallowing (FSS or Scarfing) is an increasing problem in developing emperor penguin communities. The combination of poor education, little to no economy and abusive households lead many young penguins to Scarf, it's one of only a few ways they get any social recognition. I hope that someday we can live in a world where young emperor penguins realize that Scarfing only hurts themselves and the ones they care about.

    June 27, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Bravo humor.

    June 27, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I think I know the Ryan troll.

    June 27, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. meee

    The penguin and odumma have much in common. .half white half black and totally lost

    June 27, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 27, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. fernace

    @ JIF (hope it's really you) I concur, Obama 2012. Glad to hear Happy Feet is healing, but it is problematic to not know her/his gender. Maybe he/she's a LGBT penguin! Hope he/she has the right to marry on Antartica, if not he/she can move to NY. He/she's already dressed for a wedding, & with a name like Happy Feet he/she can dance all night!!

    June 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |