I'm sure the good work of penguin-suit knitters has been acknowledged before
on birding-aus, but another note of appreciation won't go amiss.
>From Brisbane's "The Courier-Mail",Weekend edition April 8-9, p 34; report
by Jane Bunce:
A worldwide army of little old ladies has found some far more appreciative
recipients than grandchildren for their hand-knitted woollen jumpers.
Their loving efforts to help sick little penguins off the southern coast of
Australia have given new meaning to the term penguin suit.
About 26,000 little, or fairy penguins make their home on and around Philip
Island Nature (sic) Park southeast of Melbourne. Every month nature park
volunteers find one or two penguins covered in oil, which interferes with
their natural insulation.
Despite volunteers' best efforts, until a few years ago, casualties were
But program co-ordinator Lyn Blom said that changed when the nature park put
out a call for knitters to create penguin jumpers.
The 100 per cent wool sweaters kept the penguins warm during the
rehabilitation process, lifting the survival rate to about 98 per cent.
Jumpers arrive from all over the world, but the needles fly fastest in
Canada and Britain, with the US and Norway also proficient producers.
Can't give you the photo unfortunately. Penguin head protruding from a fine
polo-necked jumper in ribbed style.
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