'Happy Feet' has 120 000 web fans
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.