Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Images of the Day

Instead of gradually losing his features like most other molting birds, Ralph loses all his at once, leaving him pink and exposed. It might sound funny -- and in a way it is -- but a naked penguin can get sunburn. Plus, it's uncomfortable. So zookeepers devised a wetsuit to help Ralph out -- which he models here in a classic penguin dive pose.

Until he got his wetsuit, Ralph was brought inside every year when he lost his feathers, until his new ones grew in.

Next year, Ralph could be sporting a model with velcro down the back, which could fit the little bird better.

Zookeepers say Ralph took to his wetsuit right away, immediately running about and engaging in normal penguin activities -- like swimming.


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