109-Year-Old Man Knits Sweaters for Penguins

Australia’s oldest living man, Alfie Date, has been knitting for 80 years and loves to take requests. So last March, when two nurses at his retirement home asked if he’d like to create sweaters for penguins in need, he grabbed his knitting needles to make creations that were donated to Victoria's Phillip Island Penguin Foundation.

They’re worn by little penguins who were affected by an oil spill. Oil caused the penguins’ feathers to stick together, which exposed their skin to the cold. The sweaters helped the birds keep warm while they waited to have their feathers cleaned and protected them from consuming the oil by picking at their feathers. The sweaters from Date and other volunteers allowed the group to fully rehabilitate many of the little penguins. — Read it at People Pets


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