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Featherless Penguin At SeaWorld Gets Wetsuit To Keep Warm
Aquarium in Orlando fits an Adelie penguin with a special wetsuit to help her cope with her feather loss (CCSS Level: Grade 7, Words: 252)
Oct 28, 2016 Science & Technology
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A penguin suffering from feather-loss at SeaWorld Orlando has been given a special custom-made wetsuit to help her keep warm. The staff at the SeaWorld aquarium in Orlando, Florida, made the wetsuit for a female Adelie penguin, known as "Wonder Twin". Now she can stay with the other penguins in the Antarctica exhibit at SeaWorld.

"Wonder Twin is a female Adelie penguin who has recently begun to experience feather-loss, something that can happen to penguins in their natural habitats and wild populations and can prove to be detrimental, " SeaWorld said. "Now Wonder Twin swims, sleeps and eats alongside her fellow penguins while wearing her wetsuit," SeaWorld added. The staff who have the task of looking after the birds created the suit to do the job that her feathers would normally do - that is, to insulate her from the extreme cold.

Wonder Twin began losing feathers on her side and back earlier this month. She often got too cold, as she had nothing to keep the freezing water away from her skin. The suit was designed by a SeaWorld team to replace the short, broad and closely-spaced feathers that once made up Wonder Twin's coat.

Maria Barreto, a wardrobe specialist at SeaWorld who created the wetsuit, called it the 'best project' she has ever had. "I'm happy that everything is going okay, and that she can wear it and keep warm," Barreto added.

Now Wonder Twin is back among her flock, but with a very special kind of penguin suit.


Why couldn't the penguin control her temperature?
the water was much too cold for her to live in
penguins aren't used to living in freezing water
she had lost most of her insulating feathers
she couldn't live and eat with the other penguins
In which city is SeaWorld aquarium?
Orlando
Florida
USA
Antarctica
From reading the article, what is it that penguins can do that most birds cannot do?
fly
eat
sleep
swim
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