Californian surf, snow &lifestyle brand O'Neill adds a new member to its UK team. The unusual addition is a14 year Humboldt Penguin named Ralph who happens to be a permanent resident atMarwell Zoo. The not so feathery new team member has been given a brand newcustom made O'Neill wetsuit in order to protect him from the cold elements thathe faces after moulting his feathers too early!
Originatingfrom South America, the Humboldt Penguin moults annually but unfortunately forRalph it happens all too quickly. Over the past few years Marwell Zoo have beenprotecting Ralph with custom made wetsuits and so when O'Neill heard that Ralphwas on the lookout for a new one they were more than happy to oblige.
Anna Ing, Team Leader of birds at Marwellsaid: "Ralph was in desperate need of a new wetsuit as his old one was startingto fall apart- his wetsuits see a lot of activity with him constantly on thego, swimming, climbing rocks and preening! He certainly looks the part with hiscustom made O'Neill wetsuit!"
StevePeters, European Marketing Manager O'Neill Wetsuits comments "At O'Neill westrive to help and support marine habitats as well as understand the important relationship between the sea and theexternal environment. It was an absolute pleasure for us to provide Ralph witha new wetsuit and in celebration we have made him an official member ofthe team, after all, he is the ultimate Coldwater Specialist".
Ralphand penguin partner Coral have already been busy preening his new O'Neillwetsuit!