Charity calls for knitter to make jumpers for penguins

Knitters are being urged to make jumpers for penguins

A leading charity has made an unusual plea to amateur and professional knitters by urging them to make jumpers intended for penguins.

The Penguin Foundation has called out to people all over the world to donate the miniature garments in an effort to help birds that are in rehab after being harmed by oil spills.

Jumpers that are knitted from chunky yarn mean that penguins are able to stay warm if they are in poor health as a result of their ordeal. One of the biggest problems is that they try to use their beaks to remove much of the oil that may have coated their body.

However, this often just spreads the sticky substance and could even mean they risk inhaling it.

The charity has its headquarters in on Phillips Island, which is off the coast of Australia. It's one of the areas where oil spills effect penguins more than anywhere else on earth. Lyn Blom is a keen knitter and works as a receptionist there.

She explained that although the area has gained a reputation for being particularly affected, it is not necessarily just major oil spills that cause problems for penguins.

Ms Blom said: "Fishermen might clean out a container or something while they're at sea. It's a continuing problem. We get probably about 20 birds a year."

Although there are a host of birds on Phillips Island that are in need of the jumpers, the Penguin Foundation also acts as a middleman to distribute the knitwear to other charities all over the world.

The number of penguins that are in need of the measure can vary from time to time - depending on the severity of any recent oil spills.

However, they are always grateful for new donations, as any surplus garments that are not sent off to other rescue centres can either be sold as a method of fundraising or used for training purposes when showing new staff how to care for penguins in rehab.

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