Sunday, March 9, 2014

Have You Knitted for a Penguin Today?

Staff Writer, DL Mullan
Environment / Creative Arts

It is a strange question. Knitting for a penguin? The Penguin Foundation is asking knitters world-wide to send them penguin sized pullovers.

These knitted sweaters are used to help penguins who have suffered in an oil spill or other event, including dumping by fisherman. The Foundation usually receives about twenty penguins per annum that need these little outfits as well as the Penguin Foundation gives the knitted clothes to other wildlife rescues.

If you would like more information, please visit the Penguin Foundation or download a pattern here:
You can download more information about how to knit for penguins, including the knitting pattern and where to send the finished product.

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.

Source: ABC Net AU,