The Marwell Cake and Ralph the “Superstar Penguin’s” designer O’Neill wetsuit!
If you’re suffering a little with the January blues – you’ll likely love this next story!
Marwell Zoo is a few miles down the road from us here in Widley; its a fabulous place, but its too long since I last visited! This evening my hubby “Mr Cupcake and Bake” came in chuckling away as he’d heard a piece on the radio news about Marwell’s very own “superstar Penguin” Ralph.
Ralph is a 14 year old Penguin living at the zoo who each year sheds his feathers in his annual moult but doesn’t grow them back quickly enough – thus ending up BALD temporarily! This leaves him vulnerable to the extremes of weather – sunburn is a risk when hot and he gets too cold in the winter, especially when a period of snow and frost is predicted (such as now!).
Happily today’s news was that the well known sportswear manufacturer O’Neill has provided Ralph with a brand spanking new wetsuit to wear – to protect him from the cold and replace his old suit that was fraying round the edges! Fab news and a big HIGH FIVE to O’Neill!!! I love the picture of Ralph wearing his new suit, standing alongside his “girlfriend” Coral (shown above).
Hearing this story reminded me of a cake I made towards the end of last year for the 50th birthday of one of Marwell’s employees. I was asked to make a cake for a “wild animal lover” with a Safari-cum-Jungle feel.
Here it is …my Wonky/Mad Hatter Jungle-Safari cake.
I sincerely hope that Ralph keeps warm this weekend as the UK looks forward to its first period of winter snow of the season!
Images: Marwell Zoo and Denise Allen, Cupcake and Bake