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Keeping a Penguin Warm With Petchem

October 27, 2016

Heartwarming story alert: this little penguin in Sea World is suffering from a rare condition that causes it to lose its feathers, without which it would struggle to stay warm in the water. Yet thanks to a customized wetsuit, she can now swim with her friends again.

It’s very cute. The Adelie penguin had her wetsuit specially designed for her by the park’s costume designer, and it allows her to eat and sleep with her fellow penguins again.

She owes her new lease of life to the little wetsuit she had made for her, which uses neoprene as its core material. Neoprene is a derivative of butadeine, a petrochemical which itself is derived from oil and gas.

If it wasn’t for oil and gas, this little penguin would still be unable to swim, sleep and eat with her friends.