Lost Emperor Penguin To Head Home This Month

The penguin became a worldwide sensation after it lost its way and ended up 2,000 miles from home in New Zealand.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

A stranded emperor penguin is finally going home. In June, the young bird showed up on a New Zealand beach nearly 2,000 miles north of Antarctica. Locals named him Happy Feet and nursed the dehydrated penguin back to health. At the end of this month, Happy Feet will board a ship in a refrigerated crate and start the voyage home. One idea on how to release him: Once there, send him down a slide into the ocean.

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