Did you know that in the event of an oil spill, penguins can avoid being poisoned and/or freezing to death just by putting on a cozy sweater? It's true. Penguin sweaters, besides being ridiculously cute, buy the little penguins time while they wait for workers to come and clean them up. Most recently, a disastrous oil spill took place off the coast of New Zealand--2,500 barrels of heavy fuel to be exact--leaving many penguins coated in oil.
However, thanks to the power of knitting, these little fellas will hopefully make it through--and continue to be the cutest things on the planet. Independent green news site Gist put out a call for knitters to knit some penguin sweaters for the oil spill victims. A New Zealand yarn store even posted patterns for penguin sweaters and judging by these pictures, penguin sweater knitters actually get pretty creative.
Apparently, the call to knit worked: the New Zealand yarn store has reported that they don't need anymore sweaters--or jumpers, as they call them. However, if you want to knit one anyway, we don't blame you. Click through for a few more pics:
Photos via The Frisky