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Animals in Big Knit Hats 2: The hattening

We’ll come straight out with it. We’ve done this blog post before and, when the Big Knit hats start appearing on the shelves in February, we’ll almost certainly do it again. We’re not sorry. It’s animals in Big Knit hats. We’ll never be sorry. 

So here we go again. Five of our favourite animals in Big Knit hats. Because why not? 


Like a reflection caught by Cartier-Bresson, Yvonne’s tortoise Harry gazes into the eyes of her woollen twin. What thoughts are going through her head? Is it love? Confusion? A brief moment of wondering where the next lettuce leaf will come from? Sadly, we’ll never know. Unless our tortoise mind-reading machine works. We’ll know then. Fingers crossed.


Nicole's pug, Archie, sitting bolt upright, his face looks almost surprised at the excellent framing of the picture. The hat sits in the foreground, Archie in the back, and yet the two fit together perfectly like Lego bricks meeting for the first time.


Where others are more than happy to dress their animals in regular Big Knit hats, Fiona has decked hers out in one of our larger hats produced by Oliver Bonas. He turns towards the camera, almost daring you to ask him why he's wearing a hat. You know the answer already. It’s because he looks fabulous.


We’re fairly sure Amy didn't send us a picture of a real dog but who cares? Just look at it. Small, cute, its glassy eyes managing to see something in you that’s usually reserved for only your closest loved ones. You find yourself wanting to tell it your secrets, to reveal the person you really are underneath all this modern-day artifice. A truly beautiful moment.


Carrot in shot, check. Ears going in different directions, check. Big Knit hat somehow staying on, check. We have nothing more to say. Congratulations to @harrri, it’s the holy trinity of rabbit Big Knit pictures. 

So there we have it. Five more of our favourite animals in Big Knit hats. We'll see you again in February...

Animals in Big Knit hats

The Big Knit has been in full swing over the last couple of weeks and you lovely lot have been showering us with lots of excellent photos of your behatted smoothies (keep 'em coming). In the case of...erm...the more...enthusiastic...among you you've even gone so far as to place the hats atop a fluffy head or two. As it's difficult to think of many things more adorable than a pet sporting a tiny hat we've compiled our Top 5 favourite animals in Big Knit hats so far:

5. Georgia's cat Kevin

Black and maroon go together like Kim and Kanye and Georgia's cat Kevin knows it. Front paws splayed, eyes fixed mischievously on the camera, whiskers perfectly groomed, fur sleek and glossy: this is a cat who knows how to wear a hat. Bravo Kevin. Bravo.


4. Lucy-Elanor's guinea pig Daphne

A tiny bear on the head of a guinea pig? They said it couldn't be done, they said it had never been seen before, they laughed, oh how they laughed...LOOK UPON THIS PHOTO AND WEEP, MY FRIENDS. Lucy-Elanor has succeeded where many have failed (probably) by successfully placing a tiny bear hat on the head of a long haired guinea pig called Daphne. You're our hero, Lucy-Elanor.



3. Katy's degu Moss

This degu. What is a degu? Is it a chinchilla? Is it a possum? Is it a big rat? Whatever it is, Katy's degu, Moss, is our favourite degu. Ever. Especially when he's wearing a hat with dreadlocks attached. Glastonbury ready, for sure.


2. Ella the rabbit

This photo of @Tubayv's rabbit Ella should hang in the National Portrait Gallery. Perfect sideways turn, Mona-Lisa-esque ambiguous smile, powerful glare - it's got all the makings of a masterpiece. And the hat covering the ears? A stroke of genius. Hilarious genius.


1. Andrew's dog Orla

Regal. Majestic. Sublime. Lofty. Appraising. Imposing. Dog-like. These words, and more, came to mind when we spotted this photo of Andrew's dog Orla sporting a Big Knit hat. We've never seen an animal look quite so dignified with a miniature woolly hat perched on the top of their head and we just feel that Orla has taken the whole thing to another level. A level that we weren't expecting. If Orla's free for any ad work, be sure to give us a bell, Andrew, yeah?


Thanks to everyone who has bought one of our behatted bottles this year - whether you've placed them atop the head of an animal or not you've made our day and helped raise lots of money for Age UK. You're the best, basically.

this is probably how the chicken crossed the road


Crossing roads can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, even for the most well-seasoned and experienced road crosser amongst us. It’s easy to forget your green cross code when you’re in a bit of a rush (stop, look, listen and all that). Can we cross just before the green man comes on? Can we cross just after he disappears? Do bikes have to stop at zebra crossings? These are all questions we’ve asked ourselves before stepping off that curb into the dangerous unknown.

Animals are even less well-equipped to deal with the dangerous world of traffic and, too often, when they decide to give crossing a go, it doesn’t end too well.

To help solve this problem, a habitat conservation practice has developed which involves building wildlife crossings to allow animals to cross human-made barriers (such as roads) safely. Structures which have been made for this project include underpass tunnels, viaducts, overpasses (for large or herd-like animals), amphibian tunnels, fish ladders, tunnels and culverts (for small animals such as hedgehogs, otters and badgers) and green rooves (for butterflies and birds).

As well as protecting the animals while they’re crossing, wildlife bridges offer rich potential for learning about the movements of animals, with infrared cameras often installed at crossing sites to capture and record animals in transit along with web cams which can transmit real-time wildlife movement data. This all helps reconnect us (the busy people in the fast cars who often whiz by the countryside in a bit of a blur) with the natural landscape around us and become more aware of the impact the fragmentation of the landscape has on the animals in our fields and forests.

You can have a look at a nice selection of wildlife crossings from all around the world here