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109-Year-Old Man Knits Sweaters for Penguins

dateline: 17 February 2015

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • knit: to make clothes, blankets or other accessories with wool and needles
  • injured: hurt
  • incapable: not able
  • rehabilitate: to make healthy again
  • preen: to clean one’s feathers
  • veterinarian: animal doctor

109-Year-Old Man Knits Sweaters for Penguins

Alfred Date is a 109-year-old Australian man who by knitting sweaters for injured penguins. Australia’s oldest man donates the little sweaters to a Phillip Island wildlife foundation. The organization uses the Knits for Nature program to rehabilitate penguins that injured from an oil spill. Oil causes penguins to become cold and incapable of hunting. Sweaters are placed on the penguins to keep them warm and them from preening and oil. The sweaters are a temporary solution until veterinarians can wash the birds.

Comprehension Questions

    1. Who is Alfred Date?
    2. Why do these penguins needs sweaters?
    3. Why does the report mention veterinarians?

Discussion Questions: What is the secret to living a long life? Can we learn something from Alfred Date who says he has been knitting for 80 years?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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