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Last Updated: Wednesday June 22 2011 04:53 GMT

Emperor penguin from Antarctic on New Zealand beach

ranger Clint Purches watches an Emperor penguin as he walks along Peka Peka Beach in New Zealand

Did you hear about the penguin from the Antarctic that turned up thousands of miles away in New Zealand?

It sounds like a joke - but that's what's just happened.

A woman walking her dog on the beach saw the young emperor penguin, which are usually found in the Antarctic.

It's the first official sighting of an Emperor penguin in New Zealand in 44 years. It's thought the bird took a wrong turn when it was at sea hunting for food - and ended up getting lost!

The visitor has attracted crowds of onlookers, who are being advised not to disturb the penguin and keep their dogs on leads.

Emperor penguin from Antarctic on New Zealand beach

Experts say the bird is about 10 months old and 80cm tall.

Emperor penguins are the tallest and largest of all penguin species, growing up to 122cm high and weighing more than 34kg!