I apologize for interrupting the Rugby World Cup with news of our favorite penguin, but updates happen when they happen.
Dark news today, I'm afraid. Happy Feet, the Emperor penguin, who somehow found his way to New Zealand has been lost, perhaps never to be heard from again.
He was released back into the ocean last week with a radio transmitter that was to beam his location back to his fans.
All contact has been lost with Happy Feet, the newspapers are somberly reporting.
I don't want to say it, but what did they think was going to happen? A happy penguin reunion in the Antarctic? All his old buddies having a good laugh and asking him where the hell he'd been and catching him up on all the news?
Alas, it appears that is not to be.
You can read the rather gloom-filled story here. The story says simply that the transmitter must have fallen off and never mentions any other alternatives - many of them far more likely. Namely, that Happy Feet has been swallowed whole and has become a happy meal.
I hate to be the bearer of such awful tidings and promise to get back to the news of rugby tomorrow. May the little fellow rest in peace, wherever he is.