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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!)

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.


Alert, Alert: Adorable Penguins Need Sweaters!

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 earlier this week asked knitters to send in penguin-sized sweaters and provided patterns

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These Tiny Penguins Wearing Jumpers Will Make Your Heart Burst

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

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