03 Apr '11, 2am

Belle, a 10-year-old Humboldt penguin at the Jurong Bird Park, is now clad in a wetsuit after it began to lose feathers

Belle, a 10-year-old Humboldt penguin at the Jurong Bird Park, is now clad in a wetsuit after it began to lose feathers

Not only was the featherless bird unable to stay warm and dry, its fellow penguins started to attack it after it went bald. But some online research led its keepers to the solution. And while its first wetsuit was made from the leg of a human version, it is now having its own custom-made. -- PHOTOS: SAMUEL HE, JURONG BIRD PARK View more photos ITS fellow penguins at Jurong Bird Park may look as if they are permanently dressed for a black-tie dinner. But Belle now wears a tiny wetsuit when in the water. Park keepers had noticed that the 10-year-old Humboldt penguin was losing its feathers. So in a first for the park, Belle was fitted with a brightly coloured wetsuit, snipped from one meant for human use. It seemed to help keep it warm, so the park is custom-making new ones for the knee-high bird, which was born there. Humboldt penguins, native to South America, can live up ...

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