A Good Yarn
Fairy penguins on the Australian island state of Tasmania are gearing up to survive the winter, as tiny wool jerseys arrive from around the world to help them cope with oil spills. The specially knit outfits stop oil-coated penguins from preening themselves and ingesting the poisonous oil. The Tasmanian Conservation Trust realized it was running short on the jerseys after oil slicks reached the island’s coast earlier this year, and it asked locals to pitch in and help knit jerseys. Soon the group was fielding requests for the jersey pattern from places as far away as New York and Japan.