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Penguin Takes Wrong Turn, Ends Up In New Zealand

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A young Emperor penguin took a rare wrong turn from the Antarctic and ended up stranded on a New Zealand beach – the first time in 44 years the aquatic bird has been sighted in the wild in the South Pacific country.

A local resident was taking her miniature Schnauzer dog for a walk on Peka Peka Beach on the North Island's western coast when she discovered the bird Monday evening.

Conservation experts say the penguin is about 10 months old and stands about 32 inches (80 centimeters) high. At Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, said the bird was likely born during the last Antarctic winter. It may have been searching for squid and krill when it took a wrong turn and landed about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from the Antarctic coast.

Don't you just hate it when you accentually swim 2,000 miles in the wrong direction? Yeah… we don't know what that's like either.

[Image via WENN.]

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