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wayward emperor penguin found in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand cheap Canada Goose He needed a little push before speeding backward down a makeshift slide. canada goose Once in the water, he popped his head canada goose clearance up for one last look. And then he was gone. The wayward canada goose store emperor penguin known as “Happy Feet” was back home in forcanadagoose Antarctic canada goose factory sale waters after an canada goose clearance sale extended Canada Goose Parka sojourn spent canada goose uk outlet capturing hearts in New Zealand.

Happy Feet was released Sunday into the ocean south of New Zealand, Canada Goose online more than two months after he came ashore on a beach nearly 2,000 miles (3,000 kilometers) from home and became an instant celebrity.

Speaking Canada Goose Coats On Sale from a satellite phone aboard the research vessel Tangaroa, Wellington Zoo veterinarian Lisa Argilla said Canada Goose Outlet Happy Feet release went remarkably smoothly given that the boat was being tossed about in 25 foot (8 meter) swells in the unforgiving Antarctic ocean.

Argilla said crew members from the boat carried the canadian goose jacket penguin inside his canada goose uk black friday custom built crate to the stern of the ship for his final send off about 50 nautical miles (90 kilometers) north of remote Campbell Island. The crew had already cut the engines and put in place a canvas slide that they soaked with water from a hose.

But when they opened the buy canada goose jacket door of the crate, the penguin showed no interest in leaving.

“I needed to give him a little a tap on his back,” Argilla said.

The penguin slipped down the slide on his stomach, bottom first, she said. He resurfaced about 6 feet (2 meters) from the boat, took a look up at the people aboard, and then disappeared canada goose outlet beneath Canada Goose Jackets the Canada Goose Online surface.

“I was really canada goose uk shop happy to see him go,” Argilla said. “The best part of my job canada goose coats is when you get to release animals buy canada goose jacket cheap back into the wild where they are supposed to be.”

The 3 foot tall (meter tall) aquatic bird was found canada goose coats on sale June 20 on Peka Peka Beach, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) northwest of New Zealand capital, Wellington. It had been 44 uk canada goose years since an canada goose black friday sale emperor penguin was last spotted in the wild in New Zealand. But it soon became clear the bird condition was deteriorating, as he scooped up beaks full of sand and swallowed, likely mistaking it for snow, which emperor penguins eat for its moisture when in Antarctica.

At the zoo, the Canada Goose sale 3 1/2 year old bird underwent numerous stomach flushing procedures to remove sand from his digestive system. He was given a makeshift home in a room that zoo staff kept uk canada goose outlet filled with a bed of ice so he wouldn overheat.

A local television station, TV3, set up a webcam and streamed images of the bird around the clock. Soon, Happy Feet had a quarter million followers.

And, perhaps befitting of a bird from the Internet age, those followers will be able to keep track of him for a while longer. Happy Feet has been fitted with a GPS tracker, and his movements will be posted online. Argilla expects the tracker to fall off the next time the bird molts.

Argilla said the final boat journey, which began last Monday and ran into terrible weather, was difficult for her she got seasick and the crew. The one who seemed least cheap canada goose uk bothered, she said, was Happy Feet, who rolled with the swells, slept standing up and took nips at the crew when they fed him fresh fish.

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