Ralph the Penguin trades in tuxedo for wetsuit

August 14, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

See more adorable pictures of Ralph at www.dailymail.co.uk. There’s also a video, but I couldn’t get it to play.

a penguin wearing a wetsuit made out of a pant leg

Unlike the rest of the colony of Humboldt penguins, which lose their old feathers gradually to make way for a fresh set, nine-year-old Ralph’s always fall out in just one day.

This leaves him at severe risk of sunburn and he faced being kept indoors for three weeks until his new set have grown.

But yesterday he was feeding happily with his chums after wildlife park keepers fashioned him the rubber outfit from the leg of a man’s wetsuit.

‘Ralph’s really taken to his new suit,’ said Helen Jeffreys of Marwell Wildlife, near Winchester, Hampshire.

‘It’s not inhibiting him in any way. He’s just getting on with his daily business.

‘All the other penguins were intrigued by his new clothes and they spent a good while checking him out.

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