Wildlife rescue groups in Australia have received donations from around the world of handmade items like knitted or crocheted marsupial pouches, bird baskets and bat wraps, but many of the items cannot be used because the animals can get entangled in the loose fibers, says Zoos Victoria senior veterinarian Leanne Wicker. Meredith Ryan, who works with a rescue group in New South Wales, says crafters should "ask first and use only approved designs" to prevent waste.
Well-meaning crafters sending unusable items to Australia
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