Lost penguin reaches New Zealand
An emperor penguin from the Antarctic ended up stranded on a beach in New Zealand. It was the first sighting of the species in the wild there for more than 40 years.
Misdirected penguins are the stuff of fiction; the animated musical Happy Feet and the Ukrainian satire Death and the Penguin both feature large aquatic birds who've strayed far from home.
And a woman out walking her dog on New Zealand's North Island said she couldn't believe her eyes when she saw what she described as a "glistening white thing" standing on the beach.
It turned out to be a juvenile emperor penguin, about a metre tall, and 3,000 kilometres from its base in Antarctica after taking a wrong turn.
No such bird has made that journey for more than 40 years. Conservationists are baffled and concerned. One penguin expert was quoted as saying that although the bird was healthy, it had been eating wet sand, having mistaken it for snow.
The New Zealand winter is too warm for an emperor penguin, and it's thought it'll soon need to find its way back south if it's to survive.
Vivien Marsh, BBC News
(El de) no haber tomado la ruta esperada
are the stuff of fiction
(son) cosas de novelas o películas
(han) viajado lejos en el sentido equivocado / se han extraviado
she couldn't believe her eyes
no lo podía creer
centelleante / brillante
juvenil / joven
taking a wrong turn
(luego de) seguir el camino equivocado
confundidos / peplejos
was quoted as saying
citaron (a un experto en pingüinos)
having mistaken it for
pensaba erróneamente que era (nieve)