updated 08/29/2011 AT 2:40 PM ET
•originally published 08/29/2011 AT 4:00 PM ET
Happy Feet is going home.
The young emperor penguin that wandered to New Zealand from his Antarctica home is now making his return to the Southern Ocean.
Happy Feet, as he came to be known, was found disoriented on a sandy New Zealand beach in June. He had traveled nearly 2,000 miles and was eating sand when he was discovered.