Can you help make mittens for injured Koalas?
Following recent bushfires in Australia, a cry for help has gone out for help with Koalas who have suffered burns to their paws
“Many koalas perish in bushfires, while the lucky ones that survive are often badly injured and need intensive treatment by vets and dedicated wildlife carers,” IFAW said. “Injured koalas typically come into care with severe burns, especially on their paws, caused by contact with burning trees or from fleeing across fire grounds.
“These injuries need treatment with burns cream and paws need to be protected with special cotton mittens.”
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has asked volunteers to make up the paw protectors which are used to put over bandages.
"The treatment for burns in a koala is very similar to the treatment of burns in a human being," the organisation's Jilea Carney said.
"It's a regime of infection control, applying burns cream, bandages."
Photograph: John Paolini/International Fund for Animal Welfare
So, can you sew? The pattern is not difficult!
Please use 100% Cotton. Old sheets, tea towels or cotton t-shirts are ideal. Each mitten takes only minutes to make, even if you are not an experienced sewer. Mittens can be sent by airmal to:
6 Belmore Street
Sydney NSW 2010