Aren’t they cute? What could be cuter than a penguin in a sweater? Adorableness aside, these cute little guys NEED sweaters! These guys are Little Penguins and live down under.
But sweaters? On Penguins?
These knitted penguin jumpers play an important role in saving little penguins affected by oil pollution. A patch of oil the size of a thumb nail can kill a little penguin. Oiled penguins often die from exposure and starvation. Oil separates and mats feathers, allowing water to get in which makes a penguin very cold, heavy and less able to successfully hunt for food.
When oiled penguins are admitted to the Wildlife Clinic at Phillip Island Nature Parks, a knitted jumper is placed on the penguins to prevent them from preening and swallowing the toxic oil before they are washed and the oil removed by staff.
Now you know I’m not a knitter but I might be able to figure out a pattern for these adorable and needed little numbers to be made with one stick instead of two. (If you’re interested in working on this, here’s the knitting pattern.)
(Photo from here.)