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Lost and Rescued Emperor Peguin Going Home

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Uploaded on Aug 29, 2011

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Fans flock to a zoo in New Zealand where staff are preparing to send a stray Emperor Penguin back to its home in Antarctica.

Hundreds of fans turned up at Wellington Zoo on Sunday to say goodbye to a stray Emperor Penguin nicknamed "Happy Feet."

Staff checked his health and fitted a global position satellite on him as young fans stood in line to catch a last glimpse of the penguin which washed up on the Kapiti Coast in June.

The penguin turned up on a beach 2,500 miles from its home and became an overnight star.

[Unidentified Happy Feet Fan]:
"He's well known in all households really, isn't he?"

Lisa Argilla, Manager of Veterinary Science at Wellington Zoo, has been teaching NIWA staff how to care for the penguin.

[Lisa Argilla, Manager, Veterinary Science at Wellington Zoo]:
"I'll be apprehensive, obviously the world is attached to him, I'm attached to him, my team us attached to him but it's the best thing for him."

The penguin underwent endoscopic surgery in June to remove around six-and-a-half pounds of sand from its stomach.

[Unidentified Happy Feet Fan]:
"I will miss him when he's gone."

The bird will begin the long journey home on Monday aboard the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) vessel in a specially designed cage.

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