Lost Antarctic Emperor Penguin Will Have to Find Its Own Way Home From New Zealand Beach

Posted on June 22, 2011

Lost Emporer Penguin New Zealand

An Antarctic Emperor Penguin made a 2,000-mile wrong turn and found itself in New Zealand. The penguin, which was given the name Morgan, is on the Peka Peka Beach in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) reports that the lost penguin is a young penquin. It appears to be very healthy and in very good condition.

Lost Emporer Penguin New Zealand

Local officials are not planning on intervening to help the lost animal. They believe the penguin will eventually try to swim again.

DOC biodiversity spokesperson Peter Simpson says, "DOC is not planning to move the penguin. There is no reason to shift a healthy animal to an artificial environment or return it to the sea. It appears to be feeding, will drink sea water, and when the penguin wants to swim it will take to the water itself. We are letting nature take its course."

Kevin McGowan at Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology told ABCNews.com, "It really has a better chance of surviving if we don't mess with it. It's a rough world out there, but he can swim a long way and do a lot out there. If you took him to a tank in the zoo, is that better?"

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Photo: Richard Gill, New Zealand Department of Conservation