Aug. 17, 2011 at 7:43 AM ET
"Happy Feet," the emperor penguin who lost his way and ended up thousands of miles away in New Zealand, will be returned home, Reuters reports.
The penguin captured the world's attention in part because he had swallowed more than six pounds of sand and underwent surgery to remove it. Penguins normally swallow sand to stay hydrated, and researchers think "Happy Feet" became confused and ate the sand instead.
The bird will head back to the subantarctic aboard a research vessel and in a specially designed cage.
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