Emperor Penguin, that newly landed on Peka Peka beach in New Zealand, has quickly become the most popular attraction on a New Zealand beach. The penguin apparently took a wrong turn while swimming near Antarctica and endured a 2,000-mile journey to New Zealand, the first time in 44 years that one of the creatures has been sighted here in the wild.
A passerby Christine Wilton noticed the black-and-white bird while walking her dog Monday. She commented this unusual case: “It was out-of-this-world to see it. Like someone just dropped it from the sky.” Christine Wilton said that this scene on Peka Peka Beach reminded her of the 2006 movie “Happy Feet,” in which a young penguin finds himself stranded far from home.
Experts supposed that the Emperor penguin was born during the last Antarctic winter and may have been searching for squid and krill when it got lost. Penguin was estimated to be about 10 months old and 32 inches (80 centimetres) tall. This species of penguin is the tallest and largest one of penguin. Emperors have a great ability to survive and breed despite the region’s brutal winter. Emperor penguins can spend months at a time in the ocean, coming ashore only to molt or rest.
The penguin seemed healthy and well-fed, with plenty of body fat. Colin Miskelly, a curator at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, noted that the penguin needs to find its way back south soon if it is to survive. Despite the onset of the New Zealand winter, the bird is probably hot and thirsty, and it had been eating wet sand.
However Miskelly stated, that the bird was in no immediate danger from dehydration because Emperor penguins can also drink salt water in the summer. The bird appears to weigh about 22 pounds (10 kilograms), which is healthy for its age, but only about one-third of the weight a penguin would need before it could survive a breeding cycle on the Antarctic ice, Miskelly said. [via Yahoo! News and ABC Local]