Happy Feet penguin to be released
New Zealand's favourite penguin visitor will soon be released into the sub-Antarctic ocean.
The emperor penguin known as Happy Feet has been booked on to a research vessel scheduled to leave the country on August 29.
Happy Feet was discovered June on 20 at Peka Peka Beach about 40 miles north-west of Wellington, far from his Antarctic feeding grounds.
He was transferred to the Wellington Zoo four days later after becoming sick from eating sand, which he possibly mistook for snow.
The zoo announced he will be released after four days at sea, at a latitude of 53 degrees south.
His progress will be monitored with a GPS tracking device.