Lost Penguin Shows Up In New Zealand
A young emperor penguin has somehow been separated from its flock and ended up in New Zealand, thousands of miles from its natural Antarctican habitat. The flightless black and white bird was found on a beach on the south shore of New Zealand’s North Island – 4,000 miles away from the South Pole. The bird is estimated to be around 10 months old – meaning it has been an incredible journey for a penguin so young.
The most likely explanation for for its appearance in New Zealand is that it was searching for food. Experts said it may also have rested on an ice floe during its travels and was carried north for a great distance before it made a swim for dry land. Emperor penguins usually don’t make landfall near humans. Experts say that the penguin will need to find its way back to Antarctica soon if it is to survive, as it needs snow to eat – the only source of liquid for penguins. New Zealanders have also been advised to stay away from the bird as they can inflict painful bites when threatened.