Samson the common brush-tailed possum inside a hand-knitted pouch, recovering from a punctured lung caused by a dog attack. Photo: Alex Halford/Australia Zoo Cynthia Thompson (left), Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Director of Development with Kerry Shortall from the Unitywater Admin team. Photo: supplied
A group of knitters from the Sunshine Coast have crossed, stitched and bobbled together 24 pouches which will help sick animals become a little more comfortable.
Staff from Unitywater knitted 24 pouches for sick, orphaned and injured animals at Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital.
It’s not the first time the group has got into the animal spirit.
Unitywater branch administration officer Kaye Pfeffer said they thought of the idea after doing something similar for the Phillip Island penguins affected by an oil spill.
“We contacted the Wildlife Hospital and they said they were willing to accept some knitted pouches from us,” Ms Pfeffer said.
“We just wanted to do something to help these animals, because they can’t help themselves.”
Kerry Shortall from Unitywater’s Maroochydore office said in a statement she was proud to deliver the pouches in person.
“I think it’s fantastic that we can help the important work of the Wildlife Hospital in this way,” she said.
“We are so happy to think of the animals keeping warm and secure inside these little knitted pockets, which mimic their mother’s pouch.”
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Director of Development Cynthia Thompson said in a statement the pouches provide security and warmth to the animals.
“The handmade pouches will be put to good use right away for the smallest, and often most threatened, native wildlife that are admitted to the wildlife hospital,” Ms Thompson said.
“We depend on these contributions to operate the wildlife hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Ms Pfeffer said knowing the animals have new pouches make the staff feel “extra warm and fuzzy”.
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