New Zealand Penguin Rescuers Need Knitters
The ongoing and devastating
As Grist.org reports (with a fantastic photo), when penguins are rescued from the waters, they can’t be cleaned right away. Rather than put them through a stressful scrub, rescuers have been dressing the little guys up in woolly warm sweaters. This keeps them from attempting to preen and swallowing toxic oil.
This isn’t a first time fix. When the Tasmanian Conservation Trust requested “penguin jumpers” a decade ago they received an overwhelming bounty of knits.
The stockpile came in handy, particularly in the current 350 ton spill, in which more than 1,000 sea birds have already perished.
The sweaters-for-rescued-penguins request was
also first put out by
The little blue penguin, formerly the fairy penguin, does live up to the name. At about two pounds in weight, it's the world's smallest and only blue-feathered penguin.
They're also just plain adorable.