Going home: Happy Feet in his ice-lined air conditioned room at Wellington's Zoo. Today he was being taken back to his natural environment after undergoing life-saving surgery
He captivated the world when he was found wandering on a New Zealand beach 3,000 miles from home, desperately ill after eating sand he thought was snow.
Now Happy Feet, the lost emperor penguin, is on his way home to Antarctica after two months recovering at Wellington Zoo.
The 3ft-tall bird, named after the 2006 film, began his journey back to cooler southern waters yesterday.
He was found at Peka Peka beach on June 20, and underwent lifesaving surgery to remove 7lb of sand from his stomach.