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These Cute Rescued Penguins Need You to Knit Little Sweaters For Them

Penguin mannequins model newly-knitted protective woollen coats in Launceston, Tasmania May 22, 2001. STR / Reuters

An Australian foundation calls for knitters to send sweaters for oil-damaged birds

Quit your yarn-bombing for a second. The Penguin Foundation, based at Phillip Island in Australia, is calling for knitters around the globe to send them sweaters for birds in rehab.

Penguins are constantly getting caught in oil spills down under, and they need the tiny sweaters to keep warm and to prevent them from attempting to rid themselves from the toxic oil with their beaks.

Lyn Blom, a receptionist at Phillip Island Nature Parks in Victoria, has knitted many penguin jumpers over the years, and says their size make them an easy task.

“They’re very quick,” she says.

You can find more information on how to knit for penguins here. And if your masterpiece arrives at a time when the Penguin Foundation is overstocked, the organization will use them in educational programs and sell them in fundraisers.

[ABC]

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