Hi guys, I recently got an email from an old friend. Knowing that I'm a knitter, she included a cool link about a need for penguin jumpers (sweaters) at Phillip Island Nature Parks in Victoria, Australia. They use them for penguins that are affected by oil in...
the water. When they get oil on them the birds lose their natural ability to repel water and it allows the sea water to get down to their skin and they start to get very cold, very quickly. When they get to shore, the penguins want to clean themselves by picking off the oil which, if ingested, could be harmful or fatal. The jumpers are used to keep the penguins from doing that along with keeping them warm until they are able to be cleaned off by someone at the park.
Click here for the article if you would like to read more about this. At the top left of the article is a radio interview that you can listen to as well. In it, the woman being interviewed mentions that the need for the sweaters may only be 20 or so a year, however it is mentioned in the article that they are also used for educational programs and sold for fundraising for the park.
This sounds like a fun next-project and I plan to knit a couple to send down. I've attached the PDF of the pattern (a link for which can also be found in the article). I don't know if anyone else would like to join in? If you do decide to make any, please share your pictures with the group!