Lost Penguin Gets Surgery
Last week BirdTrader wrote about the penguin – which has now been nicknamed Happy Feet after the film – that got itself lost and washed up on the south shore of New Zealand’s North Island. Sadly, as predicted, the penguin mistook sand for snow and ate lots of it, meaning it then required an endoscopy – an operation usually reserved for humans – in order to remove the sand and other beach debris from its stomach. Happy Feet will now be given a mixture of blended oily fish and laxatives to help remove what is left, vets have said. The plan is now that Happy Feet will remain at least three months in Wellington Zoo whilst it recovers, after which zoologists hope it will be able to return to Antarctica.