Special wetsuit gives penguin new life

April 24, 2008 5:59:36 PM PDT
Like humans, a few penguins start balding as they age. At 25, Pierre had lost so many feathers, he was unwilling to plunge into the penguin tank and instead stood shivering on the sidelines while the others played in the water.

At first, biologists at the California Academy of Sciences tried a heat lamp to keep Pierre warm. Then they had another idea. They created a penguin wetsuit.

Biologists were concerned the other penguins would reject Pierre in his new duds, but in fact, they accepted his sleek new look.

Now he's starting to grow his feathers back, is taking quick dips in the water and is being weaned off the suit.