Sadly, that was not the case for a ten month old Emperor penguin who is now hanging out on the beach in New Zealand. The little guy is about 2,000 miles off course. The last penguin who made that mistake was spotted in New Zealand over 44 years ago.
Colin Miskelly, a curator at Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand, said that the penguin most likely came ashore for a rest and looked to be in good health. However, he’ll need to journey onward if he’s going to survive.
He was seen eating wet sand on the beach. While this may seem like odd behavior, the penguin is used to eating snow for water. The poor guy is mistaking sand for snow. (I know. That image is heartbreaking.)
Officials are asking people to keep a good distance away from the penguin and to just let him be. They are planning on letting nature take its course and hopefully this little guy will find his way home.
Via Huffington Post