Pingüino desorientado llega a Nueva Zelanda

Última actualización: Miércoles, 29 de junio de 2011

Lost penguin reaches New Zealand

Pingüino emperador

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.

Reporter:
Vivien Marsh

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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

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Misdirected
(El de) no haber tomado la ruta esperada

are the stuff of fiction
(son) cosas de novelas o películas

strayed
(han) viajado lejos en el sentido equivocado / se han extraviado

she couldn't believe her eyes
no lo podía creer

glistening
centelleante / brillante

juvenile
juvenil / joven

taking a wrong turn
(luego de) seguir el camino equivocado

baffled
confundidos / peplejos

was quoted as saying
citaron (a un experto en pingüinos)

having mistaken it for
pensaba erróneamente que era (nieve)

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