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« Reply #1160 on: June 25, 2011, 06:42:42 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/aussie-barrister-takes-on-drug-giant-grunenthal-in-class-action-over-thalidomide/story-e6freooo-1226081574397

Aussie barrister takes on drug giant Grunenthal in class action over thalidomide

    Andrew Rule
    From: The Courier-Mail
    June 25, 2011 12:00AM

PETER Gordon has launched a landmark international class action against the German makers of thalidomide - the drug behind the world's worst medical disaster.

The Melbourne lawyer has orchestrated a wave of lawsuits in Australia and overseas against pharmaceutical giant Grunenthal, which sold the drug that caused thousands of deaths and terrible birth deformities 50 years ago.

Since starting the action last year against the German company, Mr Gordon has asked his former firm Slater & Gordon and leading law firms in the US and Britain to join him in the fight.

The proceedings in the Victorian Supreme Court are to win financial help for previously unrecognised thalidomide victims - including Victoria's Lynette Rowe, who is missing arms and legs.

More proceedings are expected to be launched soon.

Leading American trial lawyers will fight parallel cases in the US, with more lawsuits planned in Canada and Britain to argue the case for multi-million-dollar compensation payments.

But the international campaign depends heavily on the success of the Australian case - notably that of Miss Rowe, cared for since birth in 1962 by her parents, now in their late 70s.

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« Reply #1161 on: June 26, 2011, 04:37:23 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/travel/news/chilean-ash-disrupts-tasman-flights/story-e6freqwo-1226081887666

Airlines cancel all trans-Tasman flights due to the Chilean ash cloud


    by Staff Writers
    From: AAP
    June 25, 2011 5:34PM

MOST of the major carriers have cancelled flights to New Zealand for the entire weekend, as the ash cloud from Chile's Puyehue volcano lingers.

Qantas and budget airlines Jetstar and Virgin said services to and within New Zealand were suspended until at least Monday due to the volcanic ash, which grounded hundreds of flights during the week.

"Volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt Puyehue Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile continues to cause flight disruptions to the Qantas network," Australia's flag carrier said.

"At Qantas safety is our first priority and a number of flights have been cancelled or re-routed to avoid the volcanic ash cloud."

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« Reply #1162 on: June 26, 2011, 04:39:46 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/travel/australia/ningaloo-world-heritage-listing-praised/story-e6freqwx-1226081853303

Ningaloo world heritage listing praised


    From: AAP
    June 25, 2011 3:15PM

The United Nations' cultural body, UNESCO, yesterday gave world heritage status to Western Australia's Ningaloo Coast.

The remote environment is home to sea turtles and an annual gathering of white whales.

Conservation group WWF says the move comes after more than a decade of lobbying to protect Ningaloo reef.

Spokesman Paul Gamblin said the campaign to protect the area from over-development and neglect drew together a diverse group, determined to preserve it.

"World Heritage listing was always a faraway dream," he said.

"Ningaloo is a place loved by the people of the region, and now more than ever before, Ningaloo will inspire the citizens of the world."

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« Reply #1163 on: June 26, 2011, 04:43:55 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/penguin-critically-ill-after-second-surgery-in-new-zealand/story-e6freoox-1226082179167

Penguin critically ill after second surgery in New Zealand

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    June 26, 2011 12:25PM

AN emperor penguin who took a wrong turn somewhere in Antarctica and wound up on a New Zealand beach, remained critically ill today after a second operation to remove sand from his stomach, local media reported.

Wellington Zoo veterinarian Lisa Argilla said the penguin, thought to be about 10 months old and dubbed "Happy Feet" in honour of the 2006 film about emperor penguins, remained critically ill, the Sunday Star-Times said.

Vets told the Star-Times that there was still more sand in Happy Feet's stomach and while the penguin might undergo another procedure tomorrow, additional surgery may further endanger his life.

Ms Argilla told the paper one danger was that the sand might harden into balls that could rupture the penguin's stomach.

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« Reply #1164 on: June 26, 2011, 01:27:13 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/travel/australia/ningaloo-world-heritage-listing-praised/story-e6freqwx-1226081853303

Ningaloo world heritage listing praised


    From: AAP
    June 25, 2011 3:15PM

The United Nations' cultural body, UNESCO, yesterday gave world heritage status to Western Australia's Ningaloo Coast.

The remote environment is home to sea turtles and an annual gathering of white whales.

Conservation group WWF says the move comes after more than a decade of lobbying to protect Ningaloo reef.

Spokesman Paul Gamblin said the campaign to protect the area from over-development and neglect drew together a diverse group, determined to preserve it.

"World Heritage listing was always a faraway dream," he said.

"Ningaloo is a place loved by the people of the region, and now more than ever before, Ningaloo will inspire the citizens of the world."

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Just went in and looked at pictures and it is just beautiful. I'm glad it will get protection.
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« Reply #1165 on: June 28, 2011, 03:00:29 AM »

http://www.globalanimal.org/2011/06/27/happy-feet-recovers-news-on-new-zealands-wayward-bird/43767/

Happy Feet Recovers! News On New Zealand’s Wayward Bird

(WILDLIFE — WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND) After attracting tons of media attention due to the rarity of his arrival and scaring animal lovers everywhere with his fast spiral into ill health, New Zealand’s visiting penguin Happy Feet is recovering from surgery. While all are happy to see the stoic bird healing well, many are confused at the curious lack of information on the penguin. Even after an operation and much care, scientists are not yet able to identify the age or even sex of the penguin. In the meantime, all hope for a quick and painless recovery and return home for the wayward bird. — Global Animal

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New Zealand’s favourite penguin visitor is more lively and eating fish after undergoing endoscopic surgery to remove some of the sand and twigs it apparently mistook for snow and swallowed.

Full recovery for the young emperor penguin – nicknamed Happy Feet – may take months. Officials are unsure when or how it could return home to the Antarctic, about 2,000 miles away.

The bird was recovering well after the endoscopy, performed on Monday by one of New Zealand’s leading surgeons – for human patients.

Doctors at the Wellington zoo guided a camera on a tube through the penguin’s swollen intestines and flushed its stomach to remove the swallowed sand and pieces of driftwood. Penguins eat snow to hydrate themselves during the Antarctic winter.

To ensure the health of its newest star, the zoo brought in Wellington hospital specialist John Wyeth to help with the procedure, the Press Association reported.

The surgery went well, and doctors removed about half of the remaining sand and several twigs from the bird’s digestive system, a zoo spokeswoman, Kate Baker, said. Medical staff hope the rest of the debris will pass naturally, but an x-ray is scheduled for Wednesday.

“It’s positive news, but he’s definitely not out of the woods yet,” Baker said.

The penguin is now dining on fish slurry and has been standing and appearing more active than when it arrived, she added.

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Simpson said the penguin may be older than experts first thought – perhaps up to two-and-a-half years old rather than the initial estimate of 10 months. It stands about 80cm (3ft) high.

Experts still do not know if it is a male or female, Simpson said, although DNA samples should soon provide an answer.

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« Reply #1166 on: June 29, 2011, 08:42:27 PM »

   I'm so glad Happy Feet seems to be doing better.  I hope for a good and complete recovery. 
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« Reply #1167 on: July 02, 2011, 12:34:35 AM »

Muffy I have been watching for updates on Happy Feet.  Found latest news today.  Hope this little guy gets to go back to his habitat.  I will pass on the fish milkshakes.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/national-news/5224012/Happy-Feet-back-on-operating-table

Happy Feet back on operating table

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Last updated 14:47 02/07/2011

LATEST: Happy Feet the emperor penguin is one cup of sand lighter after his fourth operation at Wellington Zoo this morning.

Vets today flushed about 300 grams of sand, rocks and liquid from his stomach before taking x-rays.

The juvenile penguin, found 4000 kilometres from home at a Kapiti Coast beach, was now recovering in its temperature-controlled room.

Wellington Zoo veterinary manager Lisa Argilla said she would wait for x-ray results to asses whether Happy Feet needed another stomach flush.

She said the penguin, whose sex is still unknown but staff refer to it as a male, was making good progress and was digesting its fish milkshakes.

"We didn't flush any [fish] out of his stomach, so that's a good sign.

"That's what I was worried about. If there is obstruction with sand then that fish milkshake is sitting in his stomach fermenting."

Argilla said invasive surgery could still be in the cards if the penguin's health deteriorated, but she wants to avoid it at any cost.

"We'd have to pluck his feathers [to access his stomach] and he would have a greater chance of dying. There are heaps of other complications associated with surgery as well."

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« Reply #1168 on: July 02, 2011, 12:43:41 AM »

Still no news on the missing schoolgirl "Bung" but some developments of prowlers in nearby streets.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/police-issue-abduction-warning-amid-disturbing-link-to-bung-20110630-1gs90.html#ixzz1Qv4oEIeo


Police issue abduction warning amid 'disturbing' link to Bung
Nino Bucci
June 30, 2011

They were both schoolgirls of Asian appearance, walking to school alone in Melbourne’s east - but one vanished without a trace while the other was the victim of an attempted abduction.

There are disturbing similarities between the recent attempted abduction of a Boronia schoolgirl and the disappearance of Siriyakorn ‘Bung’ Siriboon from the area four weeks earlier, police say.

Thirteen-year-old Bung disappeared while walking to Boronia Heights College on June 2.

Yesterday, an 11-year-old girl was walking along Bennett Street in Boronia on her way to school when she was approached by a man wearing a white surgical mask who attempted to entice her into his car.

Police are now so concerned they have put more officers on the street while the Homicide Squad today issued a warning to parents and school children to remain vigilant in the area.

‘‘Yesterday’s incident was disturbing and we’re certainly treating that seriously,’’ Detective Inspector Potter said

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« Reply #1169 on: July 02, 2011, 12:51:09 AM »

Another monster who deserves the ultimate sentence.  We do not have the death penalty here but what is interesting is that the newspaper held a reader's poll and 86% of those who responded voted YES to the question - Would you support a death penalty in this case?


http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/facebook-status-update-killer-gets-life-for-killing-2-year-old-daughter/story-e6freooo-1226085717279


Facebook status update killer gets life for murder of his daughter

    Norrie Ross
    From: Herald Sun

UPDATE 9.15pm: "MUMMY told you there would be justice for you."

So said Rachelle D'Argent today, clasping a photo of her dead daughter Mimi, after the two-year-old's father was jailed for life for her murder.

Ramazan Acar, 24, must serve at least 33 years behind bars for his cruel crime.

Outside the Supreme Court, Ms D'Argent, holding the photo, said, "Mimi, it's our day today ... And even though I haven't accepted that you're not here, forever you'll be in my heart, and I know you'll always be smiling down on all of us.

"My beautiful angel."

Acar, who was dubbed the Facebook killer after posting chilling messages on the social network site detailing his plans to kill his daughter, abducted her, stabbed her, and dumped her body.

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« Reply #1170 on: July 04, 2011, 09:45:43 PM »

I am sure the camels produce less hot air and gases than the idiots who conjure up these schemes.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/outrage-over-cull-of-farting-camels/story-e6freoox-1226087808089

Scientists outraged over Australia's cull plans for farting camels

    From: AAP
    July 05, 2011 9:16AM

THE world's association of camel scientists fought back angrily over Australian plans to kill wild dromedaries on the grounds that their flatulence adds to global warming.

The idea is "false and stupid... a scientific aberration", the International Society of Camelid Research and Development (ISOCARD) said yesterday, adding the animals were being made culprits for a man-made problem.

"We believe that the good-hearted people and innovating nation of Australia can come up with better and smarter solutions than eradicating camels in inhumane ways," it said.

The kill-a-camel suggestion is floated in a paper distributed by Australia's Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, as part of consultations for reducing the country's carbon footprint.

The scheme is the brainchild of an Adelaide-based commercial company, Northwest Carbon, a land and animal management consultancy, which proposes whacking feral camels in exchange for carbon credits.

Camels were introduced to the Outback in the 19th century to help early settlers cope with hot, arid conditions.

Now they number around 1.2 million and, say some, are a pest because of the damage they inflict to vegetation and their intestinal gases.

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« Reply #1171 on: July 07, 2011, 01:15:04 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/north/americans-come-to-help-banyos-connected-relief-centre/story-fn8m0rl4-1226089094215

Americans come to help Banyo's Connected Relief Centre

    Nicole Pires, Northside Chronicle
    From: Quest Newspapers
    July 07, 2011 12:00AM

An American family has made a 25,400km mercy flight to help with Brisbane's flood relief.

Gerry and Shannon Brown and their four children have spent 10 days working at Banyo's Connected Relief Centre.
The couple had first visited Brisbane two years ago and returned the following year after falling in love with it.
Mr Brown said it had been heartbreaking to watch floods wreak havoc through Queensland.
``It broke our hearts to see the city we fell in love with go under water,'' Mr Brown said.

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« Reply #1172 on: July 07, 2011, 06:51:46 AM »

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/economics/high-dollar-pushes-relative-cost-of-living-in-australian-cities-up-world-rankings/story-e6frg926-1226089795642

High dollar pushes relative cost of living in Australian cities up world rankings


    Andrew Main
    From: The Australian
    July 07, 2011 12:35PM

THE rise in the Australian dollar means we now have four of the 15 most expensive cities in the world to live in, according to a survey released today by the UK-based Economist Intelligence Unit.

Sydney has moved up from 32nd place two years ago to sixth now and Melbourne is up from 38th to seventh, with a cost of living more than 40 per cent higher than New York.

Perth and Brisbane, which are almost 25 per cent more expensive than New York, are ranked 13th and 14th.

All four cities are now costlier than major cities including London, Vienna, Rome, Berlin, Hong Kong and Beijing, according to the survey, which compares the cost of living using more than 400 individual prices in 133 cities around the world.

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« Reply #1173 on: July 07, 2011, 07:02:49 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/aussie-stem-cell-treatment-fast-tracked/story-e6freonf-1226089934950

Aussie stem cell treatment fast-tracked

    By Belinda Tasker
    From: AAP
    July 07, 2011 3:24PM

AMERICA'S powerful drugs regulator has fast-tracked new trials of an Australian-invented bone marrow transplant treatment for critically ill cancer patients.

The green light from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) puts the Melbourne-based Mesoblast a key step closer to making its revolutionary stem cell medicine available to thousands of patients needing bone marrow transplants.

More than 60,000 bone marrow transplants are carried out around the world annually to help save the lives of people, including patients with leukaemia and lymphoma.

About 25,000 have transplants using their own stem cells, which help replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow and promote the growth of new blood cells.

For patients needing stem cells from a perfectly matched donor, there is a 60 per cent chance of developing the potentially fatal GVHD, or graft-versus-host disease, which is when the transplanted bone marrow attacks the body.

The other complication is that far fewer stem cells from donor cord blood can be used for bone marrow transplants compared to patients who use their own.

But the stem cell treatment - mesenchymal precursor cells (MPCs) - developed by Mesoblast appears to dramatically reduce the risk of contracting GVHD and increases the number of donor stem cells that can be used.

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« Reply #1174 on: July 07, 2011, 05:13:31 PM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/aussie-stem-cell-treatment-fast-tracked/story-e6freonf-1226089934950

Aussie stem cell treatment fast-tracked

    By Belinda Tasker
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    July 07, 2011 3:24PM

AMERICA'S powerful drugs regulator has fast-tracked new trials of an Australian-invented bone marrow transplant treatment for critically ill cancer patients.

The green light from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) puts the Melbourne-based Mesoblast a key step closer to making its revolutionary stem cell medicine available to thousands of patients needing bone marrow transplants.

More than 60,000 bone marrow transplants are carried out around the world annually to help save the lives of people, including patients with leukaemia and lymphoma.

About 25,000 have transplants using their own stem cells, which help replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow and promote the growth of new blood cells.

For patients needing stem cells from a perfectly matched donor, there is a 60 per cent chance of developing the potentially fatal GVHD, or graft-versus-host disease, which is when the transplanted bone marrow attacks the body.

The other complication is that far fewer stem cells from donor cord blood can be used for bone marrow transplants compared to patients who use their own.

But the stem cell treatment - mesenchymal precursor cells (MPCs) - developed by Mesoblast appears to dramatically reduce the risk of contracting GVHD and increases the number of donor stem cells that can be used.

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This is a wonderful development.  Having survived BC, I appreciate any advancements to cancer research. I strongly support making these drugs available as quickly as possible.
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« Reply #1175 on: July 08, 2011, 06:12:20 AM »

I agree 4 Donks.  Cancer is such a cruel disease and is so prevalent these days.  I have lost family and friends and wish that a cure could be found and made available without delay.


Now also I have friends that suffer from Fibromyalgia and the following item caught my interest, so I hope it may also interest and possibly help some of our monkeys.

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health+healing/news+features/the+sunny+side+to+fibromyalgia,13139

The sunny side to fibromyalgia

By Brian Johnston "First published: July 8th, 2011"

Could the sunshine vitamin be pivotal to preventing this serious condition?

In recent years, there have been reports that fibromyalgia is linked to vitamin D deficiency. It may not be as simple as that, but it seems vitamin D – which comes mainly from sun exposure – certainly has a role to play.

Fibromyalgia (or FM) is characterised by fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, sleep disturbance and chronic muscle pain. The pain ranges from mild to severe and is generally felt all over the body, though there may be particularly painful trigger points.

No one is sure what causes FM, which affects three per cent of the population, and ten times as many women as men. There is so far no cure. However, treatment can help the symptoms – and this could well be where vitamin D comes in.

Recent reports by medical professionals suggest that a significant number of FM patients are deficient in vitamin D – even in places with sunny climates such as California and Australia. The more severe the symptoms, the lower the levels of vitamin D seem to be.

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« Reply #1176 on: July 08, 2011, 06:18:10 AM »

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/world/australian-murray-cox-exposes-jim-sanders-washington-nugget-as-being-from-down-under/story-e6freoox-1226090145359

Australians Reg Wilson and Murray Cox expose 'Washington Nugget' as from Down Under

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    July 07, 2011 8:47PM

A MAN who claimed he found a giant gold nugget on his farm in California's Sierra Nevada mountains has been exposed as a fraud when the specimen was found to be Australian in origin.

Jim Sanders sold the 3.7kg specimen, dubbed "The Washington Nugget," for $460,000 in March, claiming that he found it on his land in Nevada County, California, The Union reported.

The chunk was described by the Holabird-Kagin Americana auction house as one of the biggest single pieces ever pulled from the ground in the area, which was part of the historic California Gold Rush.

Mr Sanders also had his property assessed for sale by Holabird-Kagin, pointing to the discovery of the nugget as proof the land was - literally - a gold mine.

But when an Australian prospectors, Murray Cox and Reg Wilson, saw the chunk in a trade magazine, they immediately recognised it as one that they dug up near Ballarat in 1987.

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http://www.theunion.com/ARTICLE/20110707/NEWS/110709901/1066

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« Reply #1177 on: July 08, 2011, 06:23:42 AM »

A very sad story  :

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sydney-nsw/the-lonely-life-of-natalie-jean-wood-the-woman-sydney-forgot/story-e6freuzi-1226090170799

First picture - the young face of Natalie Jean Wood, a life lived alone

    EXCLUSIVE by Janet Fife-Yeomans and Clementine Cuneo
    From: The Daily Telegraph
    July 08, 2011 12:00AM

SHE died alone and forgotten, but Natalie Jean Wood was once a young war bride with her whole life ahead of her.

Details emerged yesterday of the reclusive existence of the woman Sydney forgot.

At the time this photograph was taken, Ms Wood was 21 and in love with a gunner on the heavy cruiser HMAS Australia, whom she wed after he returned to Sydney from the war.

Her husband, Able Seaman Douglas Wood, 21, spent the first six months of marriage as a patient at HMAS Penguin's naval hospital at Balmoral while his bride stayed with her parents in the only home she had known - a terrace house in Kippax St, Surry Hills.

She was born in the house in August 1925, and it was where her remains were found this week - eight years after she died on her bedroom floor and a month before what would have been her 87th birthday.

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« Reply #1178 on: July 12, 2011, 11:40:09 AM »

I found an update on Happy Feet the penguin:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=10737634
Feistier Happy Feet to move to saltwater pool
July 11, 2011

Happy Feet is getting stronger and healthier by the day, gaining more weight thanks to a mighty appetite for salmon.

The country's favourite emperor penguin has been living it up at the Wellington Zoo, where he is being cared for, eating up to 2kg of salmon each day.

He now weighs 23kg and is getting stronger every day, staff say.
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Ms Baker said it was not known when the emperor penguin would be released into the Southern Ocean.

"It really depends on how long it takes for him to gain more weight and become healthier and fit enough to be released into the ocean."
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« Reply #1179 on: July 17, 2011, 03:09:18 AM »

I found an update on Happy Feet the penguin:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=10737634
Feistier Happy Feet to move to saltwater pool
July 11, 2011

Happy Feet is getting stronger and healthier by the day, gaining more weight thanks to a mighty appetite for salmon.

The country's favourite emperor penguin has been living it up at the Wellington Zoo, where he is being cared for, eating up to 2kg of salmon each day.

He now weighs 23kg and is getting stronger every day, staff say.
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Ms Baker said it was not known when the emperor penguin would be released into the Southern Ocean.

"It really depends on how long it takes for him to gain more weight and become healthier and fit enough to be released into the ocean."
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Thank you for finding that Muffy.  Latest is that this little guy is eating well and putting on a lot of weight.  I am not sure if putting him back in the ocean is such a great idea unless they wait until summer and it is possible to put him closer to the Antarctic emperor penguin rookeries. 
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