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. @outalimit

    I do hope the poor lost bird has been given a compass/GPS instrument-so it may find it's way home.

    September 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Hope the little dude makes it.

    September 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. justathought

    My sentiments too!

    September 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. yada

    "Gentle encouragement..." hope it wasn't like, "BOMBS AWAY...SWOOSH!"

    September 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. snow393

    It s another super breaking news article from cnn!!!

    September 4, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe

    What snow 393 you need to see killing all the time I Think its nice to see a good story

    September 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yada

    OK what was the matter with what I posted?

    September 4, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gung hoe

    I think this should be the story of the year

    September 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. justathought

    @yada, think sombody just read your post wrong, all they saw was– BOMBS A WAY

    September 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio )

    Nice little fellow.

    September 4, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio )

    I seen that movie. The Emporer males exhibit more sacrifice to family, then most human males.

    September 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:


    September 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio )

      emperor emperor emperor emperor emperor emperor emperor emperor emperor emperor
      @ banasy© Say it fast, 10 times. "I want a hot fudge sundae from Fudruckers."

      September 5, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    The little guy had cold feet seen it on espn

    September 4, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Free H-Bombs for all penguins!

    Here ya go, little penguin. Here's an H-Bomb to show your friends how REAL global warming is done!
    Guaranteed to brighten everyone's day! Or night! Just push that button with your, um, beak or something.

    September 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    Hi jeff franks r ohio So whats goin on my fellow republican

    September 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio )

      My wife is disabled (and has been since 91), and this past week has been a real challenge for her with all the E.R. and doctor office visits. It's taken it's toll on both of us. I haven't had much time to be the "blue-collar" republican on here that much, that I am. I've been working my ass off just to make my hours.

      September 5, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
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