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The World Is Knitting Clothes For Australia's Injured Wildlife And Darn The Pics Are Cute

Knitting needles are clicking furiously around the world to create hundreds of protective pouches and blankets for native wildlife made homeless by Australian bushfires.

The Animal Rescue Craft Guild said on Monday it has been deluged with offers of help after putting out a call for volunteers to make bat wraps, joey pouches, birds nests, possum boxes, koala mittens and other snuggly homes for marsupials.

Joeys hang out in their brand new pouches. Image: Facebook
A lucky possum inside its cosy knitted possum box. Image: Facebook

“It’s been going crazy,” Belinda Orellana, a founding member of the guild, told Reuters.

Donations to the volunteer-run group have come in from as far afield as the United States, Britain, Hong Kong, France, and Germany.

The response has been amazing.

Knitters at a sewing bee in Melbourne on Monday. Image: Facebook
A baby koala tries on it's new knitwear. Image: Facebook

Blazes across Australia in recent weeks have scorched through 8 million hectares of bushland, an area the size of Austria.

Some expert estimates put the number of animals killed, including domestic pets and livestock, as high as half a billion, with potentially hundreds of thousands of injured and displaced native wildlife.

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“It’s the poor little souls that survived where we come in,” said Orellana. “Our group creates and supplies items to rescue groups and carers around the country who take in and care for the wildlife.”

Orellana said the guild supplied thousands of rescue groups around the country and demand was growing, adding there was an urgent need for fabric donations.

The group's list of what they need most. Image: Facebook
Tasmanian wallabies in their new pouch. Image: Facebook

Originally formed a few months ago to make dog and cat beds and coats for animal pounds, the guild’s Facebook page has almost 100,000 members.

Many of the crafters have crocheted, knitted and sewed a range of items, including koala mittens for burned paws and pouches for infant “joey” kangaroos who have lost their mothers.

A baby koala snuggles up in a new blanket. Image: Facebook

Anyone wanting to create their own knitted goods to contribute to the effort can find patterns and instructions at the Facebook group here, and find the nearest drop off hub here.

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