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1 A Penguin’s Adventure SEPTEMBER 5 , 2011 NEWSWATCH A Penguin’s Adventure Three months ago , a young penguin was found on a beach in New Zealand , 5 , 000 kilometers from its home . The penguin was thin , sick and lost , so he was taken to Wellington Zoo . The vets at the zoo called him “ Happy Feet” , after the movie about a happy baby penguin who liked to dance . But this lost penguin was far from happy . His stomach was full of sand , which made him very sick . The vets were sure that Happy Feet ate the sand because he thought it was snow . So they cleaned out his stomach and put him in a special air-conditioned * room full of ice and snow to keep him cold . They fed him a lot of fish , and soon the lost penguin was fat and much happier . Three months later , Happy Feet was healthy and ready to leave the ice room . But the vets didn’t know what to do with him . They had two choices : they could leave him in the zoo where he would be safe or they could send him back into the wild . One vet explained that because penguins are seabirds , it was best to put Happy Feet back into the ocean and let him swim home . But first they glued a GPS to his feathers so they could track him . Yesterday , Happy Feet started out on his journey home . A ship took him out to the ocean where other young penguins were swimming . Then he went down a special slide into the water . A vet who was on the ship said , “ He swam away , not caring about us anymore . And that’s a good thing . ”

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