updated 01/18/2015 AT 8:45 AM ET
•originally published 01/14/2015 AT 3:30 PM ET
Sew, here’s the deal: Project Pouch needs you!
Koalas aren’t the only animals affected by the bushfires in Australia. Orphaned or injured possums, kangaroos, and wallabies need to be kept warm in a pouch-like environment. To help, Project Pouch, a new campaign created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, is asking for handmade “pouch liner” donations to comfort the traumatized animal babies, nine of which are being cared for by the Adelaide Zoo.
“A carer can go through around six pouch [liners] a day. After every feed they need to be changed and washed,” IFAW’s Jilea Carney told The Guardian.
Carney and her team watched donations pile up after they posted a plea on their website for koala-sized mittens for injured paws, and they’re hoping the same will happen with Project Pouch.
“It’s mitten central here,” Carney said. “We’ve got enough now for at least next year as well.”
If you’re about as crafty as a sunburnt cow, don’t worry, IFAW has a pattern available for download on their website.
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