Australian wildfires: Knitters around the globe unite to knit koala mittens and joey pouches

Katie Kindelan, ABC NEWS

People looking for a way to help as devastating fires continue to destroy land and animals in Australia have come up with a creative solution.

Knitters around the world are handmaking pouches, nests and mittens for animals affected by the fires, from kangaroos and koalas to wombats and wallabies.

The effort is being spearheaded by the Animal Rescue Collective, a Brisbane-based organization that supports animal rescues across Australia.

The organization’s Craft Guild put out a call on Facebook for everything from pouches for joey kangaroos to mittens for koalas with burned paws, blankets, knitted nests and sweaters and shared patterns to make them.