Rescue elephants in India are keeping warm and safe from the freezing temperatures with beautifully embroidered sweaters.
The elephants live in the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. All 20 elephants at the centre were rescued from captivity at the hands of abusers. The elephant sweaters are handmade by local villagers and they’re not just swathes of fabric either; they’re brightly coloured knits with beautiful patterns.
Northern India is currently undergoing a cold snap of weather and this can cause many problems for the recovering elephants. Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS told the Times of India that ‘It is important to keep our elephants protected from the bitter cold during this extreme winter.’
‘They are weak and vulnerable having suffered so much abuse making them susceptible to ailments such as pneumonia. The cold also aggravates their arthritis which is a common issue that our rescued elephants have to deal with.’
These new elephant sweaters cover their body and and legs, protecting them from the freezing temperatures, particularly at night.
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