KNITTERS have gathered to help make Joey pouches, bat wraps, and birds' nests for Australian wildlife.

A large group met at the Isle of Wight Zoo on Saturday to help out, and the items have been sent off down under.

More can be donated over the coming weeks.

Another attraction, the Isle of Wight Monkey Haven, is offering free tea and biscuits to anyone who wants sit in their tea room and knit wildlife pouches for Australia's Animal Rescue Collective Craft Guild.

Head keeper Lisa Walser said: “Our mission is to support creatures in crisis and although most of the keepers are terrible at knitting, we hope people can help us out.

"We feel a strong connection with Australia, as our much loved kookaburras and boobook owls are originally from down under.

"So many indigenous animals and birds have lost their homes and we want to do our bit.”

Monkey Haven will be providing free refreshments to anyone who presents their knitting needles at the tea room counter.

Donation and collection points have also been installed at the site.

Islanders have raised more than £1,468 on a Go Fund Me page, dedicated to raising funds for another Australian wildlife charity, Warriors 4 Wildlife.

The Australian bushfires have killed an estimated half a billion animals across the continent.

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