Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Cute Little Sweaters for Injured Penguins


This is so awesome … they look so cute!!

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Alfie Date's penguinsAlfie Date is, at 109, Australia’s oldest man. He’s also an experienced knitter. So when Victoria’s Phillip Island Penguin Foundation asked for his help in knitting sweaters for little penguins after an oil spill, he said, “Yes, of course.”

Alfie Date's penguins

Little penguins are a species of penguin only found in southern Australia and New Zealand, with a lone colony of 32,000 remaining on Phillip Island. Oil can make penguins’ feathers stick together, allowing water to get to their inner layers, which then causes them to become cold and unable to hunt due to heaviness.

Alfie Date's penguins

When oiled penguins arrive at the foundation, they are given a jacket to wear so that they don’t consume the toxins or preen their feathers and the jumpers are working. In 2001, 438 penguins were affected in an oil spill at Phillip Island, and by using the knitted outfits, 96 percent of the penguins were rehabilitated at…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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