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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    After all that captivity, the penguin was probably scared to death to go back to the wild.
    CALL OF THE WILD...little boy's story...
    I wish I could go back to childhood and start over.
    I wonder whether I'd do as well or not.

    September 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    Allright!! Go Happy Feet! He's gonna be so popular when he gets back home, they'll throw him a party, all the girl penguins will flirt with him & every 1 will want to hear the tales of his daring travels! I hope his rescuers put those passport stickers on his luggage, like Bora Bora, Timbuktu & Abu Dhabi along with New Zeeland just increase his bragging rights, although swimming from the Antarctic to NZ is pretty swaggerific! I love Happy Feet & his story! Bon Voyage, Mr. Emperor!!

    September 4, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz


    September 4, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Hi, fernace.

    September 4, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzz

    I"ll be up for awhile, not going anywhere fernace

    September 4, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cry Baby


    September 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jazzzzzzzz

    Ok, Someone's making it very clear, they want me off these blogs
    Bye for now
    NOt going anywhere

    September 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cry Baby

    I like coco. Soooo good.

    September 5, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    What's really cool about Emporer Penguins is what they look like once a catabatic wind hits them...the most powerful force of wind can (and has) freeze an Emporer Penguin dead in it's tracks. One mouth of a valley in Antarctica is littered with hundreds of frozen animals...each looking like they did when they were first frozen (for the most part) The catabatic winds are amazing in how they form and gather so much energy is short-order. google them, you will not be disappointed, especially by the images.

    September 5, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    "in" short-order, rather.

    September 5, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Roy

    I like how the penguins look as iF they r wering a tuxedo

    September 5, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jerry Meadows

    Swim Happy! Swim!

    September 5, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT ( human rights activist and elf slayer)

    HOPEFULLY they neutered the penguin and he doesnt contaminate the gene pool... mother nature wanted this retarded penguin to die..

    September 5, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. RUFFNUTT© ( elf slayer & 15th lvl warrior )

    I also wonder how many times they s-ex-ually abused that penguin before they released him... strapping him down and collecting his -seeman- is bascally r-a-p-e!!!

    September 5, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzzz

    ewww, RUFFLES, Not so early in the morning please

    September 5, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
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