When his knack for knitting was discovered, 109-year-old Alfred Date, Australia’s oldest man, became the newest knitter of penguin sweaters. Let us explain.
After moving into a retirement home, nurses noticed Date’s keen knitting abilities and recommended he put his skills toward Knits For Nature, which supplies sweaters for sick penguins.
Knits for Nature is a great way to support little #penguin conservation! Pattern & more info > https://t.co/OJ6KC2B4PH pic.twitter.com/PosxuS8woO— Penguin Foundation (@PenguinFdn) March 6, 2014
The sweaters help by preventing the precious penguins from preening themselves and ingesting any more of the harmful oil off their bodies. Following the 2001 oil spill near Phillip Island, 96 percent of the injured penguins were successfully saved by the Phillip Island Nature Park.
As if penguins weren’t already cute enough.
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