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It's a boy.
DNA results are back for the emperor penguin nicknamed "Happy Feet" found on a New Zealand beach two weeks ago.

Wellington Zoo spokeswoman Kate Baker says the penguin's sex was identified from cells scraped from his feathers. Male and female emperor penguins outwardly appear identical.

Baker said Tuesday the penguin is recovering nicely after four procedures to flush sand and debris from his stomach. He now eats more than 4 pounds (2 kilograms) of salmon daily.

Emperor penguins typically live their entire lives on and around Antarctica. He's the first emperor seen in the wild in New Zealand in 44 years.

Wildlife officials plan to release the penguin in the Southern Ocean once he recovers.


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