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

    They cant ra pe the willing ruffy

    September 5, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    Good morning ruffy Jazzz you like me never sleep

    September 5, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    What Nobody likes me

    September 5, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    ,

    September 5, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. me

    gung hoe, how are you?
    Hey, I have to go out for a bit, But I'll be back
    Mean time tell me your favorite verse. 🙂 brb half and hour

    September 5, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT© ( elf slayer & 15th lvl warrior )

    so your telling me the penguin liked it?...
    .
    and after getting it on with humans, now he is supposed to go back to "regular" penguin s-e-x?

    September 5, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    !

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

    To whomever me is matt 23 25 28 comes to mind my fav parable is parable of the sower matt ch 13 v 1 to 9

    September 5, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    Good mourning queen BANASY and jeff frank r ohio

    September 5, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    Anybody out there

    September 5, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzzz

    yup, I'm here, whats upppp!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzzz

    okie dokie, then I gotta go
    promised a friend I would Doggie sit 🙁

    September 5, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. gung hoe

    @ jeff hey man i know exactly where you are comin from work and work and just keep falling further behind

    September 5, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. gung hoe

    awwww, dag nabbitt , Jazzy! catch you later then little lady and don't forget, your a beauty to the Lord! 🙂

    September 5, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. gung hoe

    Hey jazzz didnt realize you were there my phone dont have refresh buttom

    September 5, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
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