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10/26/2011 07:09:39 AM by HAFowler   Send Message to HAFowler  4484  views, category: Pets in news, Pet rescue view all blogs
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A yarn store called Skeinz in Napier, New Zealand, is requesting some help from the knitting experts of the world: please knit some tiny sweaters! No, they’re not trying to clothe the fairy population, they are assisting wildlife treatment experts in saving the area’s penguin inhabitants from the dangerous aftermath of a terrible oil spill.

On Oct. 5, a ship ran aground off the coast, pouring 350 tons of oil into the ocean.  The shipwreck is one of the worst environmental disasters in recent times for the country, killing thousands of birds and other creatures. The blue penguins native to the area are especially at risk. These penguins have very small and thick feathers of varying lengths that are fixed to their bodies, making a covering very much like a diving suit.  When oil penetrates that dense matt of feathers, it is like poking a hole in the barrier, allowing the bitter cold of the ocean inside and making it likely they will freeze to death.

The blue penguins need the sweaters to keep them warm and prevent them from picking at their poisonous oil-covered feathers until they can be hand-cleaned.

Skeinz has requested that knitting enthusiasts around the world sew penguin sweaters, the patterns for which can be found at their website, along with directions on how to ship the sweaters, and more information about the penguins themselves. The response has been “overwhelming,” according to the store’s blog, but more sweaters are still needed.

So if you are handy with knitting needles, check out the website, and lend a little yarn to the cause!

About the author: I'm a freelance writer and novelist from the very far reaches of Upstate New York. I've had pets all of my life, and can't bear a household that isn't full of furry life. Besides my extremely spoiled pair of cats, I also love writing, reading, tra... more >>

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