The news for penguins

From many sources, this story (from yesterday, by Simon Leo Brown), “The Penguin Foundation has a global callout for knitters to make pullovers for penguins in rehab”, about penguin pullovers, in this case from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Melbourne:

Penguins caught in oil spills need the little jumpers to keep warm and to stop them from trying to clean the toxic oil off with their beaks.

 

 

 

Yes, impossibly cute. But does it make sense?

A number of sites — for instance, this one, from 2011 — argue that there’s no demand for the pullovers (in fact, threre’s a huge oversupply, so that they’re just decorative objects) and that they’re not effective in any case.

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