Happy Feet Jnr dies without any help from Gareth Morgan


via Stuff

Stuff reports

The royal penguin found critically unwell on the Wairarapa coast has died overnight.

The juvenile penguin, who was found at Tora on the southern Wairarapa coastline on Sunday had been cared for at The Nest at Wellington Zoo since Monday afternoon.

He was suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and kidney failure after coming ashore to moult while severely underweight.  

Veterinary Science manager Lisa Argilla said the zoo did everything they could to give him the best chance of survival.

“As the penguin arrived nearly 3kg underweight it had absolutely no reserves, and subsequently we suspect that this lead to multiple organ failure, following the kidney failure diagnosed on its arrival,” she said.

Yeah, but where was Gareth Morgan this time?  He poured big bucks into Happy Feet, why not Happy Feet Jnr?  This is what he offered to do last time:

Multimillionaire philanthropist Gareth Morgan is coming to the rescue of Happy Feet, the stranded and desperately ill penguin.

Morgan said that if Happy Feet survives, he would take it back to Antarctica on a Russian icebreaker.

The Kiwisaver provider is leading an expedition to the Ross Sea on the Spirit of Enderby in February and said Happy Feet and a Conservation Department minder could come along for the ride.

Happy Feet was welcome to jump ship if it met other emperor penguins along the way, Morgan said.

The emperor penguin, which has captured New Zealand hearts, was last night at Wellington Zoo recovering from dual operations to remove sand from its oesophagus and stomach.

I wonder what he’s got against penguin rescue  now?

Why did he let this native bird die?

The shame!


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  • PlanetOrphan

    Two starving penguins in as many years, there has to be a correlation to food supply.

    That Giant squid being discovered dead … these things do not bode well for our fishing industry, or the marine environment in antarctica.

    I suspect there is a new predator species in those antarctic latitudes, that is upsetting the balance.

    There may be a warmer current making its way down there, allowing sharks to travel much further south perhaps.

    • DavidW

      More likely a shortage of whales

      • PlanetOrphan

        Ae, but nature abhors a void too M8!

  • Bob

    I feel for the Orca that will now miss out. Am sure the one that got the last sardine fattened penguin still raves about it to their buddies.

  • Vlad

    I think HappyFeet 1 passed on the word that NZ had a fantastic benefit system for refugee penguins (free food, free medical etc) & this one had a go, but mistimed his run. Expect more now that Gareth has opened the floodgates.

  • Gazzaw

    Multi-organ failure my arse. The Wellington Zoo cat got hold of it & they’re not letting on.

  • Hazards001

    I’ve never seen Happy Feet..I recorded it off sky on to a disc years ago for my kids. My (at the time) 5 year old said “Mum took us to it at the movies…it’s gay and I’m not watching it again”
    My 2 and a half year old shrugged and walked off…it’s still here…still unwatched