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Lost penguin ends up on New Zealand beach

22nd June 2011
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We all get a little lost sometimes! Including penguins.

One young emperor penguin swam thousands of miles in the wrong direction and ended up stranded on a New Zealand beach.

The country is not used to this kind of visitor, with the last penguin tourist arriving 44 years ago.

Kapiti Coast resident Christine Wilton was walking her dog on Peka Peka Beach on the north island’s west coast when she discovered the little visitor.

She said, “I saw this glistening white thing standing up and I thought I was seeing things. It was out of this world to see it ... like someone just dropped it from the sky.”

The last time an emperor penguin was discovered in the country was on Southland's Oreti Beach in 1967.




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