Two months ago, an article about a group of knitters and crocheters making octopuses for premature babies in the UK went viral on Facebook. Jessica Holmes saw a definite need here in the U.S. so she started the Facebook group, Octopus for a Preemie. They now have over 9,500 members, many of which are working to make these little octopuses. The results are worth it though as doctors and nurses have seen improved blood flow, more regulated heart rates, and babies less likely to pull out cords and monitors. The tentacles of the octopus remind babies of the umbilical cord, giving the babies something familiar in an unfamiliar world. These little octopuses give the babies something to cling to and helps the parents know that someone cares. The U.S.group has only been around for two months, but they have already donated over 360 octopuses to premature babies.