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Offline bear60

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Pierre the Penguin
« on: April 27, 2008, 01:10:46 PM »

This was a great story.  Seems Pierre thrived with his new wetsuit, grew back his feathers he had lost and gained weight.  He was able to resume being a part of his community. Story below:



SAN FRANCISCO (April 25) - What's black and white and warm all over? A penguin in a wetsuit, naturally.

Eric Risberg, AP
'He Was Cold;
He Would Shake'     
Forget the Rogaine -- Pierre the penguin's got a wetsuit. The 25-year-old African bird was going bald, so biologists at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco outfitted him in a specially-designed wetsuit to encourage him back into the water. Here, Pierre models his sleek duds for aquatic biologist Pam Schaller.

Sounds like a joke, but it's quite serious for biologists at the California Academy of Sciences, who had a wetsuit created for an African penguin to help him get back in the swim of things.

Pierre, a venerable 25 years old, was going bald, which left him with an embarrassingly exposed, pale pink behind.

Unlike marine mammals, which have a layer of blubber to keep them warm, penguins rely on their waterproof feathers. Without them, Pierre was unwilling to plunge into the academy's penguin tank and ended up shivering on the sidelines while his 19 peers played in the water.

"He was cold; he would shake," said Pam Schaller, a senior aquatic biologist at the academy.

Pierre's species of penguin is accustomed to temperate climates, unlike many of their cousins. The birds are nicknamed Jackass penguins because they make sounds similar to braying donkeys, quite startling the first time you hear it in an aquarium.




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Offline BT65

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Re: Pierre the Penguin
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2008, 02:04:45 PM »
Where's Kate?  I'm sure she'd love this story.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline penguin

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Re: Pierre the Penguin
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2008, 05:06:09 PM »
here i is :)

saw it on the news, i changed my avatar thingy to a piture of him inhis suit. he looks happy.,

i think they should put all pengins in wetsuits. in fact i think is potentially a huge market waiting to be conquered. i could be the Dior of the penguin world...

kate

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Pierre the Penguin
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2008, 11:56:02 PM »
What cute story.  Thanks for sharing.
It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

Offline scud44

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Re: Pierre the Penguin
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2008, 07:08:55 AM »
It was on the news down here as well
I wonder if the sharks will mistake him for a yummy skin diver?

Have a nice day
Scuddles
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Offline Florida69

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Re: Pierre the Penguin
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2008, 08:47:44 AM »
That is too cute...   It is amazing what scientist can do these days.  D
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