International star Ralph the penguin is in need of a new wetsuit
STOP PRESS! We've been inundated with offers to help Ralph and are now pursuing one of them to keep him looking and feeling good. Watch this space to keep up with the latest in fashionable penguin-wear!
The 13 year old Humboldt penguin is not like the rest of the colony. During his annual moult, Ralph loses his feathers quicker than other penguins, exposing his pale skin to the sun.
For the past couple of years, Ralph has had a wetsuit to protect him from the sun and keep him warm on colder evenings. However, with all Ralph’s swimming and grooming, the wetsuit has now seen better days.
Unfortunately Ralph’s wetsuit is fraying around the edges and coming apart at the seams.
The wetsuit gets good use, Ralph is a bouncy character who is always out on the rocks exploring. He regularly grooms the wetsuit, just as he would with his feathers, and his partner, Coral the penguin, is often seen grooming it too!
We now need another wetsuit for him to make sure he doesn’t get sunburnt and to keep him warm.
Aside from wearing a wetsuit, Ralph swims, eats and plays just like his friends. The rubber in the wetsuit, which is the same as a human’s wetsuit, is extremely flexible and doesn’t restrict his movement.
Ralph is a very healthy bird, but for some reason his feathers drop out very quickly, before the new feathers grow back in time.
The last wetsuit was made to fit Ralph and had Velcro to make it easy to adjust when his feathers begin to come through and we are hoping for the same again. Although the wetsuit is the same material as a humans it will need extra features to make it ideal for Ralph.
The other penguins were a little surprised when he first wore it but they soon got used to it and Ralph is perfectly happy to wear it.
We are now appealing for a new wetsuit for him- something that fits perfectly and is suited to the life of a penguin!
If you think you can help, we would love to hear from you to discuss the exact specifications needed for Ralph.
Please contact Marwell’s press team for further information on 01962 777947.
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