'Happy Feet' has 120 000 web fans

2011-08-04 17:31

Wellington - Happy Feet has become a creature of the internet age.

The wayward emperor penguin, who was discovered on a New Zealand beach six weeks ago, already boasts an online following of more than 120 000.

That's how many unique visitors have logged onto a web camera set up at the Wellington Zoo to monitor his every movement. And thousands more are expected to follow his progress after he's released, when feeds from a GPS unit attached to his back will be posted online.

Happy Feet, named after a 2006 animated movie, is due to be released into the sub-Antarctic ocean within the next few weeks. He's been given a clean bill of health after earlier getting sick from eating sand, which he likely mistook for snow.

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