Knitters jump to it for slick penguins

There has been an unusual response to October’s devastating oil spill in New Zealand, with many pulling out their knitting needles.

When the container ship Rena ran onto a reef in early October, spilling 350 tonnes of oil into the wildlife rich waters of the Bay of Plenty, the word went out for a dozen jumpers for little penguins.

The jumpers are often needed after oil spills to stop the birds from preening their feathers until they are properly cleaned, otherwise they ingest toxic oil which at best makes them sick and at worst kills them.

Maree Buskey, a local craft identity from a Napier yarn store organised what she thought was a small knitting circle.

Next thing you know it went quite viral and we now have 1,500 to 2,000 jerseys, she sais — via

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