King Penguin Baffles Experts By Traveling From Antarctica to Australia

An Antarctic king penguin has mysteriously traveled 3,728 miles, leaving animal experts baffled. Despite being a long way from home, the aquatic bird was fearless enough to walk up to a group of birdwatchers before making strange braying calls. Jeff Campbell, President of Friends of Shorebirds South East (FOSSE), said the penguin could have landed on the beach to molt — a 3- to 4-week process where all of the bird’s feathers are replaced. He went on to say that he believes the penguin has never seen humans before. The flightless bird stayed for a couple of hours before the group of birdwatchers packed up to leave. Seeing a king penguin on Australian shores is extremely rare, with only two recorded sightings in the past 40 years.