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This is Ralph, a Humboldt Penguin (spheniscus humboldti) at Marwell Wildlife. Ralph is currently nationally famous for sporting a wetsuit. Apparently the poor fella’s feathers all fell out and the wetsuit is a temporary measure to protect him from sunburn until the feathers grow back. He seems contented enough in his sports outfit and he doesn’t need to worry much longer if the weather is as bad as it was today! ;o)

Canon EOS 5D MkII with Canon EOS 70-200mm L IS f/4


  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusover 5 years ago

    LOL……..poor little guy! So glad you shared Krys; something most of us would never get to see – well done! JD

  • Thanks Joyce! I was thrilled to see this celebrity yesterday looking so chilled out!! He’s a real star! ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

  • digitalmidge
    digitalmidgeover 5 years ago

    Aw, this is so cute Krys, how amazing that someone at the zoo cared enough to give him a wetsuit!

  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryover 5 years ago

    A one of a kind photo and a lovely tribute to compassion in the human heart for God’s creatures, especially the injured and the vulnerable. Bless you for sharing this wonderful story.

  • Thanks Bonnie! Things like this make me proud to be British!!! ;o)))

    – Krys Bailey

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    aww the poor poor thing, wow he looks such a cool dude though hehe from a wet and windy and cold and miserable bristol lol dawnxxx

  • Thanks Dawn! Yep, wet and windy here too – sooooooooo depressing!!! Did we have summer yet??? ;o) xxx

    – Krys Bailey

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerover 5 years ago

    aaaawww, what a cutie. Good they are taking care of him. Cute little guy.

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 5 years ago

    You dont see this often :)) Very beautiful Krys!

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    only in my mind krys, fed up already too, yearning for spring hehe dawnxx

  • webbie
    webbieover 5 years ago

    Awsome capture Sis..and some one has a big heart to put a wet suit on this cutie. huggggggz

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    great shot

  • jesika
    jesikaover 5 years ago

    Did all the others sulk because they didn’t get wet suits too?
    Great capture & heart warming story

  • Thank you! I think all the other pingos were understanding of Ralph’s plight! ;o)

    – Krys Bailey

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