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Calling all knitters! The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has launched a public appeal calling for cotton-made mittens from knitters and sewers to help treat injured Koalas in the South Australian and Victorian bush fires.

South Australia has endured the state’s worst fire conditions since Ash Wednesday and Black Saturday in 2009, destroying more than 30 homes and leaving 134 people and countless animals injured.

Injured koalas typically come into care with burns, often on their paws as they’ve come into contact with burning trees or ground foliage after fleeing their habitats and homes.

An IFAW native wildlife campaigner, Josey Sharrad, has said many mittens are needed throughout the bushfire season.  She said, “Just like any burns victim – koalas’ dressings need changing daily, meaning a constant supply of mittens is needed by wildlife carers. Some burned koalas can take up to a year to fully recover.”

Currently, firefighters, residents and volunteers are working to treat injured animals hand feeding them water, food and treating their injuries.

No matter where you are, you can help by creating mittens using the below pattern and sending them to the IFAW offices where staff will send them on to the areas in highest demand.

Let’s save these little Koalas and give them the best chance of rehabilitating back at home. Have you helped out?

Send your mittens to:

IFAW, 6 Belmore Street, Surry Hills 2010

The patterns: 


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  1. PLEASE NOTE: The mittens are not knitted or crocheted. The heading is a bit misleading! Mittens are to be made with 100 % cotton or linen fabric. If you read the FULL post ie. click on the link, there is a pattern and instructions. The woollen tie can be done in chain crochet, or knitted (Cast on sts then cast off) Make this tie about 24″ long. They can cut it off if it is too long.

  2. I think that is my photo; taken on Raymond Island, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria. There is an extensive Koala colony on the Island. So many in fact that culling and relocation has been necessary to ensure survival of the colony. In some places mother nature takes care of such things in the form of bushfire.

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