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Stranded New Zealand penguin goes for first swim

July 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Emperor penguin found ill on a New Zealand beach last month got to go for his first swim on Monday.

"Happy Feet," named from the 2006 animated movie, took his first dip in a saltwater pool at the Wellington Zoo.

Zoo operators say it took a little coaxing, but once he got in, he had a blast.

The penguin has been at the zoo for several weeks recovering from medical procedures to flush sand and debris from his stomach.