By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Mar 8, 2014 - UPDATED: Mar 10, 2014
From the country that brought us “Bananas in Pyjamas,” now comes penguins in sweaters.
A wildlife group in Australia is inviting volunteers to knit sweaters for the penguin population it conserves, because it says the sweaters can actually save the birds’ lives.
Wildlife advocates say when a penguin is caught in an oil spill, the oil can separate and tangle their feathers, compromising a protective heating and waterproofing layer. Even worse, the penguins can end up eating the oil when they try to clean it off their feathers.
That’s why the Penguin Foundation started a program called “Knits for Nature," asking volunteers to knit sweaters for the penguins on Phillip Island, Australia, to keep them warm and protected. The group provides a knitting pattern to download, so volunteers know the size, and they even hold a yearly contest, which inspires some impressive creativity, as you can see in the video above.
A British aquarium recently made headlines when workers said their penguins were getting so depressed with the cold weather, aquarium staff began feeding them antidepressants.
Maybe a colorful sweater would have cheered those penguins up even more.
Click here for more information and the sweater pattern.