Happy Feet: It's time to say goodbye
Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:45a.m.
By Lloyd Burr
For most of the last ten weeks, Happy Feet’s day-to-day activities have consisted of standing or lying in his enclosure, occasionally preening his feathers and sometimes treating Wellington Zoo staff to his unique call.
But today, the schedule gets much busier for the refugee emperor penguin as Zoo and NIWA staff make final preparations for his journey home, which starts this evening. Hundreds of people turned up to Wellington Zoo yesterday to say goodbye and wish Happy Feet a safe journey home.
Happy Feet had his last meal on New Zealand soil at 9:30am but didn’t have his daily ice replenishment.
He will spend all morning in his enclosure, giving the thousands of fans around the world the last chance to watch him on the 3 News live stream.
Media accompanying Happy Feet for his first night on NIWA’s research vessel Tangaroa will have a safety briefing about their voyage at midday.
After this meeting, at around 2pm, Happy Feet will be moved into his new enclosure, bid farewell to the zoo and head to Burnham Wharf on Shelly Bay Road in Miramar to board the ship.
At 3pm, media will board the ship for a small press conference
At 5pm, final preparations will be made for the ship’s departure.
At 6pm, the ship is scheduled to depart.
Wellington Zoo's manager of veterinary science Dr Lisa Argilla will accompany Happy Feet on his journey home.
She will be assisted by two NIWA staff who have been trained to feed and care for the penguin over the last week.
While the media are not allowed to join Happy Feet for his entire journey home, 3 News will spend one night on the ship with him and he has been fitted with a GPS tracker so fans will still be able to keep track of his progress.
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30/08/2011 8:26:53 a.m.
Hálás köszönet mindenkinek, aki segített Happy Feet felépülésében. Jó utat Happy Feet, találd meg újra a társaidat, és a szabad élet szépségeit. Remélem a jeladó nem zavarja majd az életedet!
29/08/2011 10:13:01 p.m.
Margaret Hester wrote:
I'm thrilled the penguin's going home and I support every cent spent in saving him.
It's frustrating when people mistakenly think money going to one area means another area has been neglected, it's often not the case in situations such as these. Don't believe everything media tells you, and question the logic behind your thought processes. :)
29/08/2011 3:10:21 p.m.
Davo you have a very sad outlook on life. In a world full of sad stories it was a pleasant change to follow the progress of Happy Feet.
29/08/2011 2:45:44 p.m.
A huge thank you to 3 News. The live feed of Happy Feet has been part of each day in Australia. Much appreciated.
29/08/2011 2:43:35 p.m.
The most expensive shark bait money can buy. It's strange how we value the welfare of an animal over the welfare of kids who go to school hungry or who are forced to dwell in an abusive environment, especially when there's a chance he'll either be eaten or be dumb enough to return to our shores and land himself in a similar situation again. Sickening, really.
29/08/2011 2:26:23 p.m.
Kathy USA/NJ wrote:
Thank you again 3 NEWS for being so involved in providing us with outstanding coverage of the story of this wayward penguin. Without your live feed and constant media monitoring his story would not have been this enjoyable.
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