Penguin Sweater

penguin sweaters

Penguin sweaters, also known as penguin jumpers, are sweaters which are knitted for penguins that are caught in oil slicks. When an oil spill affects penguins they are dressed in knitted sweaters to stop them preening their feathers and to keep them warm, since the spilled oil destroys their natural oils. This prevents them from poisoning themselves by ingesting the oil.

The sweaters are removed and discarded as soon as the penguins can be washed. The original project is completed, but the knitting pattern is still available on-line. A similar penguin wetsuit has been made for a penguin who lost his feathers, and similar garments are being made for battery cage chicken rehabilitation.

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