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Knitters wanted for penguin pullovers – ABC Melbourne – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

07 Mar 14
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I know a few of my readers knit and crotchet… you may be interested in this request, Knitters wanted! 🙂

Knitters wanted

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.

Knitter Lyn Blom is the receptionist at Phillip Island Nature Parks in Victoria and has knitted many penguin jumpers over the years.

The Penguin Foundation is based at Phillip Island, which is known for having a large penguin colony.

Lyn Blom says it’s not just major oil spills that cause problems for local penguins.

“Fishermen might clean out a container or something while they’re at sea,” says Lyn.

“It’s a continuing problem,” she says. “We get probably about 20 birds a year.”

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.

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  1. Pam Schartner March 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    WE checked with the Penguin centre and their website has this notice:

    March 2014

    Knits for Nature

    Thank you to all who have shown their support for little penguins of Phillip Island and our Knits for Nature program! We are overwhelmed with offers of little penguin jumpers from across the world and sincerely appreciate the generosity of knitters wanting to help out little penguins.

    Please know that we do not urgently require little penguin jumpers for rehabilitation, we have a good supply of these which we use on any rescued oiled penguins and in the event of an oil spill, these jumpers are also sent to other wildlife rescue centres if required

    So the ABC can be misguided!



    • Megan S March 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks for the update Pam 🙂

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