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A wildlife organization in Australia called the International Fund for Animal Welfare put out a call this week for homemade mittens for koalas whose paws were burned by the bushfires in South Australia and Victoria.

Koalas urgently need your help. We may see more koalas coming into the care of wildlife groups for treatment of burns. We urgently need mittens made from 100% cotton sheets or tea towels to protect injured paws. Please cut out our pattern and get your friends to get sewing too. Send your mittens to IFAW at 6 Belmore Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 and we will distribute them where they are most needed – to vets, vet nurses and wildlife carers.

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The pattern is very simple and quick to make because all the mittens really need to do is cover the koalas’ bandaged paws. The mittens do need to be made from clean 100% cotton fabric, so they suggest using old sheets, tea towels or cotton t-shirts.

UPDATE: International Fund for Animal Welfare have just posted on their Facebook page that they’ve already received enough “high-koality home-sewn mittens.” Good job everyone!

[via Daily Mail]