The penguin nicknamed Happy feet Jr, was under the care of New Zealand zoo ever since it was found at Tora Beach, south of Wellington in critical condition. Happy Feet Jr was severely dehydrated and underweight but vets were still hopeful about its recovery.
In 2011, another Emperor penguin, nicknamed Happy Feet, was discovered on a New Zealand beach in a similar condition. However, Happy Feet recovered well and was released in open waters. A few days later, the contact with him abruptly got lost, raising strong possibility that it was being eaten up by another marine animal.