Biologists at the California Academy of Sciences began to notice that one out of their twenty African penguins, Pierre, began shedding feathers on his behind. These waterproof feathers are what insulated Pierre and kept him warm. Unfortunately, this meant that Pierre could not join his penguin peers in the water tank and instead he watched from the sidelines shivering, while his friends played.
After failed attempts to warm Pierre with a heat lamp, the biologists contacted a local dive gear supplier to see if they could help. Luckily, they created something that worked- a custom wetsuit!
Pierre wore his suit for six weeks, during which he gained weight and grew his hind feathers back. Pierre the African penguin is now back to his old self, thanks to the help, care, and creativity of others.
If you would like to read some more about penguins be sure to check out The Penguin Lady by Carol A. Cole and illustrated by Sherry Rogers.
The Penguin Lady is a wonderful story for penguin lovers of all ages. Read this wacky story of what happens when people take you a little too literally and see what it’s like to have your own penguins! It may be harder than you think…
Penelope Parker lives with penguins! Short ones, tall ones; young and old—the penguins are from all over the Southern Hemisphere including some that live near the equator! Do the penguin antics prove too much for her to handle? Children count and then compare and contrast the different penguin species as they learn geography.
To read more about The Penguin Lady or the author and illustrator please visit www.sylvandellpublishing.com.