New Zealand's 'Happy Feet' penguin to be released

AP News
Posted: Aug 16, 2011 11:20 PM
New Zealand's 'Happy Feet' penguin to be released

New Zealand's favorite penguin visitor will soon be released into the sub-Antarctic ocean.

The emperor penguin known as Happy Feet has been booked onto a research vessel scheduled to leave the country Aug. 29.

Happy Feet was discovered June 20 at Peka Peka Beach about 40 miles (65 kilometers) northwest of Wellington, far from his Antarctic feeding grounds. He was transferred to the Wellington Zoo four days later after becoming sick from eating sand, which he likely mistook for snow.

The zoo announced Wednesday he will be released after four days at sea, at a latitude of 53 degrees south.

His progress will be monitored with a GPS tracking device.