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Winter isn?t meant to be this cold



AS part of the Pet Porpoise Pool's star line-up, Fairy Penguins Percina and Toby are accustomed to posing for photos.

However, it seems that celebrity life has agreed with Percina and Toby so much that it was time to take their modelling careers to the next level.

And on a cool winter's day they rugged up for their debut on the 'bird-walk'.

The showing was to launch the new line of penguin jumper's knitted by local women from the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints to send to Phillip Island Nature Reserve.

In the green with pink stripe, Percina looked set to steal the show until Toby's confidence built up wearing his orange jumper with true pizazz.

And before you ask, no the jumpers aren't to keep the penguins warm! The jumpers are used to help rehabilitate the penguins of the region who are victims of oil spills.

Oil-stricken fairy penguins are 'dressed' in the jumpers to keep the warm while their health is assessed and to soak up the oil.

So now the challenge is out to the knitters of the Coffs Coast to help make 1000 penguin jumpers by the end of July to send to Phillip Island.

Patterns are available, and sponsorship is being sought for donations of 119mm wide double rib acrylic wool to help reach this target.

Keen knitters and wildlife lovers can pick up the pattern from the Pet Porpoise Pool or from the ladies in the foyer at Birch Carroll and Coyle Bray Street Cinemas on June 18 during the screenings of Madagascar.



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