Thursday, October 20, 2011

Aren't these Penquins cute!!

I was taking a break from my work when I found this article on Animal Talk on the Today Show website. I am so glad they could save these little penquins-they are so cute!!

A good yarn: Knitters make sweaters for penguins after oil spill

Laura T. Coffey writes

It's a sad story with a happy twist. Blue penguins in New Zealand have been soaked with oil after a container ship ran aground near the east coast of the country's North Island earlier this month. New Zealand’s Environment Minister Nick Smith has described the oil spill as the nation’s “most significant maritime environmental disaster.”

A little blue penguin from Papamoa Beach, was covered in oil after a Liberian cargo ship hit a reef, on October 7 in Tauranga, New Zealand.

In their oil-soaked state, the birds shouldn’t preen themselves because their feathers are contaminated. They also need help staying warm before and after rescue workers do what they can to clean them up.

So Skeinz, a knitting shop in Napier, New Zealand, put out a call for knitters to make little sweaters for penguins in need. And boy, have knitters around the world responded. One blog post from the folks at ran under the headline “It’s raining jumpers.” Another ran with the headline “We have Critical Mass” — but Skeinz is still encouraging determined knitters to send their handiwork along to “keep stocks available for the Wildlife Rescue Team to draw from if required.”

This isn't the first time that penguins have been outfitted with sweet little sweaters. Let's take a waddle down penguin lane to see some penguins in sweaters — because you can never enough photos of that!

Back in 2005 in Australia, tiny fairy penguins Toby and Percina modeled sweaters that were being sent for the rehabilitation of penguins involved in oil spills.

In 2000, a group of penguins were rescued off the coast of South Africa after getting caught in a spill from a sunken carrier ship. Sweaters helped them stay warm while they recovered.

Want to make an adorable sweater for a penguin in a pinch? You can find specifications — (for instance, they must be made of 100 percent wool yarn, and they must be just the right size) — as well as an address to send your creations, here.

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  1. The oil spill is a tragedy, but the solution for these little penguins is heart warming. I love the little sweaters!

  2. Oh my gosh they are just darling! I hate that they had to go through the spill and their lives be turned upside down, but I'm so glad there are people that care for them. It's nice to focus on the good in the world. :)
    xx, shell

  3. Oh my goodness Sherri - this is the cutest post :) You just want to take one home! Those sweaters are adorable as well! Monday my youngest didn't have school so he wanted to go to the zoo....we sat waiting and waiting for the penguins to swim - and they just stood there...wanting to go back into their "rock" was funny - but he was soooo disappointed - I'll be sure to show him your post - he'll get a kick out of that!

  4. Fantastic story! People who save penguins are my heroes!

  5. All this oil spills are sad..., and we should work hard to avoid them. But I'm so glad there are people out there who help!!