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'Happy Feet' the lost penguin perking up after surgery @mothernaturenet

'Happy Feet' the lost penguin perking up after surgery @mothernaturenet

WELLINGTON - A young Emperor penguin that washed up on a New Zealand beach last week after straying thousands of miles from home was perking up on Tuesday, a day after hundreds of people watched it undergo endoscopic surgery to remove sand from its stomach. WorldShares lets you earn donations for your favorite nonprofit. Earn up to 20 points now. Learn More Earn Points What's this? Comments Email Twitter Stumble Digg Share The bird, nicknamed "Happy Feet" by locals, became the focus of national attention after it turned up on a beach some 2,500 miles from its Antarctic home — only the second Emperor penguin ever to appear in New Zealand. John Wyeth , a leading gastroenterologist at Wellington Hospital , offered his services for the endoscopic procedure, in which a camera was inserted into the bird's stomach. "Hopefully, with a bit of luck the stomach will now start functio...

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