Wildlife lover’s woolly nest initiative goes global as animals snuggle in comfy beds


As these cute hedgehogs, owls, bunnies and raccoons are discovering there is nothing more comfortable than a hand-made bed.

Wildlife lover Katie Deline-Ray has stitched herself into the annals of animal rescue history with her unique campaign to help rescued creatures.

She has launched a global volunteer initiative that sees handicraft enthusiasts knitting and crocheting nests for all manner of wildlife.

Her Wildlife Rescue Nests project is providing woollen sleeping quarters to 240 rescue centres around the world, including the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India and Africa.

It began three years ago when Katie was recovering from a broken wrist at her home in Ontario, Canada, and spotted how a fellow animal lover had been making nests for hummingbirds.

Realising there was not a similar scheme in Canada, she set about designing her own pattern for making animal nests and when she posted the results on Facebook, the idea began to fly like many of the birds that enjoy her creations.

She said: “The nests are surprisingly versatile, especially since we have added the new cave nest designed for cavity/burrow dwelling animals.

“Initially, the nests were used for birds and small mammals such as squirrels, bunnies, raccoons and skunks.

“Since the rescues starting using them, we have seen them used for bats, hedgehogs, bush babies, wallabies, possums and so many others.”

The Wildlife Rescue Nests Facebook page is filled with pictures of cute animals that are having their chances of survival dramatically increased by recovering in the bespoke woolly beds.

“This project has truly grown beyond anything I could have ever imagined, and I am incredibly thankful for all of the support I am receiving from the volunteers,” she said.

“They are the ones who have allowed this project to grow to the size it has.”