View Full Version : Bold Penguin Gets "Custom" Wetsuit

08-16-2009, 02:25 PM
Ralph, a nine-year-old Humboldt penguin, lost all of his feathers in one day while moulting, instead of the usual four to six weeks.

It left him with sensitive pink skin, so Marwell Wildlife keepers cut up a staff member's wetsuit to make the kit.

It will protect Ralph until his new feathers have grown, which may take another two to three weeks.

The leg of an adult wetsuit was used for the outfit.

David Schofield, head keeper for the penguins, said: "At first the other penguins were curious but it wasn't long before they recognised and accepted Ralph again.

"He doesn't seem to mind the wetsuit and is able to swim and move around normally.
Ralph swimming in his specially-made wetsuit

"It was quite easy to fit and we were able to customise it by creating the extra openings for his flippers once he was in it."

Via BBC News (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/hampshire/8200434.stm)