A story sure to warm penguin hearts along with yours

Tiny sweaters for penguins!!!  “. . .  knit by a group of volunteers that includes Alfred “Alfie” Date, who at 109 years of age is Australia’s oldest man.”

Australia’s oldest man knits sweaters for penguins

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“When disaster strikes, the wildlife clinic at the Phillip Island Nature Park will be ready, equipped to deploy hundreds of tiny wool sweaters at a moment’s notice.”


“Date told Australia’s Ninemsn he started knitting the “easy single-rib and double-rib” sweaters shortly after moving to a retirement home in southwest Australia. After learning he could knit, two nurses who knew of the “Knits for Nature” program approached him to gauge his interest, Date said, adding, “I’m a sucker. I can’t say no.”‘s-OLDEST-MAN-KNITS-PENGUIN-SWEATER-480x360

“In the event of an oil spill near Phillip Island’s 32,000 little penguins, wildlife clinic workers put oil-covered birds in sweaters to minimize the amount of oil they ingest while preening themselves. According to the Philip Island Penguin Foundation, the substance also matts the penguin’s feathers, which both prevents it from regulating its temperature and reduces the animal’s buoyancy in water.”BiE9gr9IQAASNqQ

“Following a spill near Phillip Island in 2001, 483 little penguins ended up at the rehabilitation center, with 96 percent ultimately being released back into the wild.”



6 comments on “A story sure to warm penguin hearts along with yours

  1. Well, have you started knitting? I am about to pick up my needles & start another afghan (17th) for my attorney who loves home made items. I mentioned to her sister I had tubs of Homestyle yarn I purchased when on sale when I was into making afghans. She suggested making one for her sister for she comments on every time she sees the one I made for her for her 50th bd. She has been so helpful during my needed advice in changing my Trust & never charges me for her time. So here is another project after just finishing baby blanket sent to TX last week. And I say I’m bored most of time. 😊 Dr prescribed this week for me to rest & PT for my foot diagnosed as Achillies Tendenitis & fasciitis so again God saying rest. Guess he hasn’t given up me yet. 😍

    Sent from my iPhone



    • Linda,
      I’ve not started knitting because all the peguins I know hang 10 at the beach.
      Achillies tendenitis – OUCH! That is really painful. I had it once.
      xxx j
      Perhaps God is saying knit-as-fast-as-you-can because there will be no more running-as-fast-as-you-can!


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