September 4th, 2011
04:18 PM ET

Emperor penguin that lost its way is released back into native waters

An emperor penguin that lost its way from Antarctica more than two months ago was released back into his native Southern Ocean waters Sunday.

"It's an indescribable feeling to see a patient finally set free," said Dr. Lisa Argilla, manager of veterinary science at Wellington Zoo, where the bird has been recuperating since New Zealanders discovered it in June on a beach north of the capital city.

Argilla said the penguin, nicknamed "Happy Feet" after the 2006 animated movie about emperor penguins, needed "some gentle encouragement" to slide down a ramp off the research vessel that transported it back home.

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  1. gung hoe

    Jazzzz the 1100 post is a troll AND GEORG PATON I KNOW ITS YOU YOUR NOT FUNNY LET PEOPLE LIVE THEIR OWN LIFES

    September 5, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. gung hoe

    Jazzz was not me at 1100 GEORGE PATON WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS NOT FUNNY JUST LET PEOPLE LIVE THEIR LIVES AND LIVE YOUR OWN

    September 5, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:

    No, I'm not going to say that! Lol, you must have seen my post to the prophet about sea shells!

    On a serious note, I am sorry for what you and your wife are going through.
    You are a shining example of what true love is.
    My good wishes to you and your family.

    September 5, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. banasy©

    Hi, gung hoe.

    September 5, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. gung hoe

    Gould mournin

    September 5, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. gung hoe

    Banasy are you there

    September 5, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. gung hoe

    Hi banasy

    September 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. chad

    Will they keep tracking it if it gets eatin by a whale

    September 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Justen beiber

    I bet a shark ate it by now. Lol

    September 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    My best friend said the same thing: the penguin has already been eaten.
    He was furious because the penguin had been released.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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