St-st-st-stitch up a penguin

Generous knitters have made so many woollen suits to protect poorly penguins that there is now a surplus.

The march of the turtlenecks
The march of the turtlenecks

The suits (the digitally enhanced picture shows the actual items superimposed on real penguins) protect those birds rescued from oil slicks between each detergent scrub they must endure - the garments keep them warm and absorb some of the toxins on their feathers.

But there have not been any large oil spills recently, so hundreds of the handcrafted marvels have piled up. The Good Gifts Catalogue, which sends knitting patterns to those who donate £12, said supporters should send their creations in only when they hear news of an oil spill affecting bird-life.

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