Inside SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, guests may spot one penguin that looks a little different from the others. She’s wearing her very own wetsuit.
The female Adelie penguin recently experienced feather-loss, which can happen to penguins in their natural habitats and wild populations. As a result of her feather-loss, the bird had a hard time naturally regulating her body temperature. SeaWorld’s aviculture team set out to assist her and created a wetsuit to mimic her former coat of feathers. The coat was designed and sewn by SeaWorld’s wardrobe department and custom fit just for her.
While wearing her wetsuit, the penguin swims, sleeps and eats alongside her fellow penguins. Here’s video: