Penguin Gets His Own Wetsuit
Winchester Times, August 14, 2009
A bald penguin named Ralph is having fun in the sun at a British wildlife park - after being fitted with his own wetsuit.
Most penguins lose their old feathers gradually. But nine year old Ralph's always fall out in one day. Because penguins can get very sick from a sunburn, Ralph has to stay indoors and out of the sun for three weeks until his new feathers grow in.
David White, manager of Penguin World, near Winchester, England said, "Ralph is very healthy, so we don't know why his feathers all drop out at once."
They tried to cover him with sunscreen, but it washed off too quickly in the water. Then they thought of the wetsuit idea and made one from the leg of a man's wetsuit.
Mr. White added, "Ralph likes his new suit. At first the other penguins were curious and spent a while checking him out. When they saw that it was still Ralph under the suit they were quite happy and play with him as usual."