Volunteers Crochet 'Nests' for Rescued Wildlife

Baby birds make some noise in their crocheted nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)

We already know that crafting is good for your mental health, but it can also be great for helping orphaned or injured animals — well, at least in the case of these ingenious crocheted and knitted "nests."

An animal-loving Canadian named Katie Deline-Ray founded the Wild Rescue Nests nonprofit several years ago as a way to help wildlife rehabilitation centers throughout Ontario. As the crafty project caught on with more hobbyist crocheters putting their skills to good use, it wasn't long before hundreds of these durable textile nests began arriving in the mailboxes of more than 240 wildlife rescues in 11 different countries.

"It makes me incredibly happy to help in some small way with all the great work these wildlife rescue centers do," Deline-Ray writes.

The movement is largely facilitated through the Wildlife Rescue Nests Facebook page, which provides patterns and other resources for anyone interested in crocheting and knitting nests. Deline-Ray also regularly posts photos of the nests being used by all manners of adorable, on-the-mend wildlife, from owls and skunks to opossums and flying squirrels:

Flying squirrel takes some nourishment in a crocheted nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
How many skunks fit in a crocheted nest?. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
Baby opossums. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
Owl opens one eye in its crocheted nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
Tiny squirrels bundle up in a crocheted nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
A baby squirrel naps in a crocheted nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
Yes, that's a chinchilla in crocheted nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
Bird fits neatly in its man-made nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
Baby bunnies!. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
This opossum requires a bigger crocheted nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
Hedgehog peeks out of a crocheted nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
Naked baby squirrels cuddle in a crocheted nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
A baby red fox seems to enjoy his crocheted nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
There is no more room in here, says one bird sharing a nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)
Sleepy squirrels take a bleary look out of their crocheted nest. (Photo: Wildlife Rescue Nests/Facebook)