Knitters wanted for penguin pullovers


Click to enlarge — Oiled penguin in a knitted wool jumper

The Penguin Foundation has a global callout for knitters to make pullovers for penguins in rehab.

Penguins caught in oil spills need the little jumpers to keep warm and to stop them from trying to clean the toxic oil off with their beaks…

One advantage of knitting a penguin sweater is that they are small.

“They’re very quick,” says Lyn.

The Penguin Foundation also distributes the jumpers to other wildlife rescue centres where needed.

While the Penguin Foundation’s website says it currently has a ‘good supply’ of the little jumpers, the organisation also uses them in educational programs as well as selling them as a fundraising measure.

In 2011 the foundation raised money for a new Phillip Island Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre which can house up to 1500 penguins in the event of a major oil spill.

A great reason to resume knitting as a hobby. Ain’t just for kitting out your own kin, y’know.

Thanks, Ursarodinia

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