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an Emperor penguin in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO00000170" title="New Zealand" href="/topic/international/new-zealand-PLGEO00000170.topic">New Zealand</a>, some 3,000 kilometres (1,900) from his Antarctic home. The penguin, a juvenile male, arrived at a beach on the Kapiti Coast, the Department of Conservation (DOC) said. It was only the second sighting of an Emperor penguin in New Zealand, DOC spokesman Peter Simpson said, with the species' only previous appearance in the country recorded on the South Island in 1967, adding that officers were monitoring the penguin and expected it would eventually depart for the long swim home.

( Getty Images / June 21, 2011 )

an Emperor penguin in New Zealand, some 3,000 kilometres (1,900) from his Antarctic home. The penguin, a juvenile male, arrived at a beach on the Kapiti Coast, the Department of Conservation (DOC) said. It was only the second sighting of an Emperor penguin in New Zealand, DOC spokesman Peter Simpson said, with the species' only previous appearance in the country recorded on the South Island in 1967, adding that officers were monitoring the penguin and expected it would eventually depart for the long swim home.

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