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Baby Penguin - soooo adorable! (repin) #penguin #cute #animals When your THAT fluffy, how can you NOT look bundled with contentment?

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

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!)

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 for their protection. The mini knitwear prevents them from preening and swallowing the toxic oil on their feathers, and keeps them warm while they wait their turns to be cleaned. A call put out by Grist.org earlier this week asked knitters to send in penguin-sized sweaters and provided patterns—and they’ve already exceeded their goal! As if these little guys didn’t already make us feel warm and fuzzy. (from InStyle magazine)

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.

Penguins in Sweaters! Knitters make sweaters for penguins after oil spill

Penguin in a sweater

But they always need more. You can contribute a jumper by downloading a pattern here. Get as creative as you like! | These Tiny Penguins Wearing Jumpers Will Make Your Heart Burst

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.

Leucistic peacock (Yep, they are real... not even terribly rare. We have a couple at work at Thanksgiving Point)