Unlike most other birds, a penguin’s feathers aren’t for flight. Packed in ultra-dense rows rather than stacked like a toucan’s or parrot’s, penguin feathers are essential for heat-retention in cold weather. That’s why when Wonder Twin, a female Adelie penguin at SeaWorld Orlando, started losing her feathers, the wardrobe department had to step in and stitch the cutest wetsuit ever.
In the video above, the costume department of SeaWorld Orlando explains how they made Wonder Twin’s new outfit. Why they made it is obvious. Take a microscope to a penguin’s skin and you’d count up to 100 feathers per square inch. This incredible density traps air — a great insulator — that helps prevent heat loss through the frigid air and water of penguin habitats. And while penguins in the wild do experience feather loss naturally, in an enclosure the inability to regulate body temperature effectively could have been a real problem for Wonder Twin’s well-being, hence the adorable swimwear.
It really does look like Wonder Twin is a happier penguin with the wetsuit on. Now, we don’t want other animals shivering in the cold, but let’s all imagine a bald polar bear in a giant wetsuit. How about a baby seal in insulating water wings? An otter in a life jacket? The cuteness, it burns.
What do you think of Wonder Twins’s new wetsuit. Shouldn’t it be purple and yellow like the superheroes it’s named after? We think so. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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