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Penguin takes wrong turn and swims to New Zealand beach 4000 miles from home

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emerpor-penguin-on-new-zealAN ANTARCTIC Emperor penguin has waddled from the waves on a New Zealand beach - more than 4,000 miles away from home.


Experts believe the penguin, from a colony in the icy wastes of Antarctica, was looking for food and simply lost his way.

The 10-month-old bird is one of only a tiny number of penguins ever to leave the Antarctic for dry land.

Experts say the bird is healthy but will need to find its way back south if it is to survive.

A stunned resident discovered the bird while walking her dog on at Peka Peka Beach on the northwestern coast.

The last sighting of an Emperor penguin in New Zealand was on Southland's Oreti Beach in 1967.

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