If you knit or sew, you can help out animal victims of wildfires in Oz

The bushfires affecting Australia in recent weeks have sparked a global crafting effort, as thousands of volunteers unite to knit, crochet and sew shelters for animals affected by the crisis…

Young marsupials including possums, koalas and wombats require pouches to grow. Without their mothers they rely on hand-stitched products from donors. Other animals such as flying foxes also require pouches to help their recovery…

The Australia-based Animal Rescue Craft Guild put out a call for these products on its Facebook group, which amassed more than 120,000 members in the subsequent weeks…

The Rescue Collective, based in Queensland, has partnered with the Animal Rescue Craft Guild to distribute donated items to independent animal carers across the country…

They already have an abundance of mittens for koalas. Your best bet for doing something timely and useful is to go to the Animal Rescue Craft Guild‘s facebook site [I know, I know] and click on their top-of-the-page link to get timely info.

Suitcases full of baby animals found at Thailand airport

A 36-year-old United Arab Emirates citizen, was waiting to check-in for his flight at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport on his way to Dubai when he was apprehended by undercover anti-trafficking officers, who had been monitoring him since his black market purchase of the rare and endangered animals, according to the FREELAND Foundation, an anti-trafficking group based in Thailand.

When authorities opened the suitcases, the animals yawned, said Steven Galster, director of FREELAND, who was present during the sting. There were two leopards, two panthers, an Asiatic black bear and two macaque monkeys – all about the size of puppies.

“It looked like they had sedated the animals and had them in flat cages so they couldn’t move around much,” Mr Galster said. Some of the animals were placed inside canisters with air holes…

“It was a very sophisticated smuggling operation. We’ve never seen one like this before,” Mr Galster said. “The guy had a virtual zoo in his suitcases.”

Lock him away in a cage comparable to those he used for these animals.