Long Island Girl Sews Pouches For Baby Kangaroos Orphaned By Australia's Wildfires

Lily Rosengard
Photo credit Sophia Hall/WCBS 880
By WCBS Newsradio 880

SETAUKET, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — An 11-year-old girl on Long Island is putting her sewing skills to work to help animals in Australia.

When Lily Rosengard heard about baby kangaroos orphaned in Australia's devastating wildfires she knew she had to do something.

The Setauket Elementary School student made patterns, got out her scissors, and started making pouches for the joeys.

"They need their mother's pouch to develop and grow, they need their mother's pouch for at least a year so we made these so they could finish developing in them," Rosengard told WCBS 880's Sophia Hall. "Their skin is getting burned so we needed to find a way to make it soft for them so it doesn't also get caught on their nails so we're using fleece and cotton."

Lily Rosengard

She has already made dozens of pouches and is teaching other students how to make them.

Her prinicpal Karen Mizell said sewing is a lost art.

"It's bringing back skills that maybe some generations haven't done in a little while," she said. "It's so calm to sit down and sew or so calm to knit."

Rosengard has partnered up with an oganization in Pennsylvania to send the pouches to Australia. 

Since September, the wildfires have killed at least 27 people, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and scorched an area larger than the state of Indiana. 

Thousands of koalas and kangaroos have also died in the blazes.

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