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New Zealand penguins in trendy eco sweater vests

On the 5th of October 2011, a cargo ship ran aground in New Zealand pouring 350 tons of oil into the ocean. While the Environment Minister Nick Smith descr
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New Zealand penguins in trendy eco sweater vests

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There’s nothing cooler than a penguin in a sweater vest.

There was a major oil spill off the coast of New Zealand last week, and natural wildlife is in danger as a result. To save the lives of many Little Blue Penguins affected, New Zealanders have been knitting tiny sweaters . A call put out by Grist.org earlier this week asked knitters to send in penguin-sized sweaters and provided patterns

Calling all knitters, these penguins need your help! Skeinz, a yarn store in New Zealand, has come up with the cutest call to action, asking knitters worldwide to make sweaters for penguins affected by the 2011 New Zealand Oil Spill, which is regarded the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history.

Sweaters knit for penguins off the coast of New Zealand. The sweaters are worn to keep them from ingesting oil from their feathers from a recent oil spill when preening. (There's even a pattern if you're looking to pitch in!)

A blue penguin after it has been cleaned of oil from the stricken cargo ship The Rena in New Zealand

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Knit a Sweater, Help a Penguin in Need! The New Zealand oil spill has left the little guys in need of some warmth and protection, and a Kiwi yarn store has posted patterns for how to knit "penguin jumpers" and instructions on where to send them. It's a genuine request -- the woolens keep oil-soaked birds warm until they're well enough to be cleaned, and prevent them from nibbling oil off their feathers.