A WAYWARD penguin is one step closer to swimming home after being discovered on a busy Melbourne road.Experts said it was pure luck Coco the brown-eyed fledgling wasn't seriously injured when she waddled across a road in Port Melbourne into the arms of a helpful stranger last week.
The little lost penguin was whisked to the Port Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and given a clean bill of health before being taken to a wildlife carer.
"She was quite healthy and calm," vet Julie Dougherty said.
"She is definitely an unusual patient, we don't get penguins around here. In 25 years this is only the second one I have treated."
Coco will live with carer Leanne Kovach in Williamstown, who will fatten the baby penguin up for another week before returning her to the ocean.
"Then I will take her to the beach and about one metre away she can waddle to the water and hopefully swim away."
If all goes well Coco will not return to land to breed for another three years.