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