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‘Pingu’ the confused Antarctic penguin washes up in New Zealand, 1900m from home

An Adélie penguin has ventured over 3,000 kilometres (1,864 miles) to the coastline of New Zealand in a rare sighting of the Antarctic bird so far from its home.  

The penguin, nicknamed “Pingu” by locals, was discovered looking confused and tired at Birdlings Flat, a small settlement south of the city of Christchurch.

It’s thought to be only the third recorded time that an Adélie penguin, whose natural habitat is Antarctica, has made it safely to the shores of New Zealand. 

Local Harry Singh thought he was looking “a soft toy” when he stumbled across the bird. 

“Suddenly the penguin moved his head, so I realised it was real,” Mr Singh told the BBC. “It did not move for one hour… and [looked] exhausted.”

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