Like humans, elephants also appreciate cozy, warm sweaters during the cold months. Northern India is currently experiencing a cold snap and the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center had to get creative to protect its rescue elephants from the extreme chill.
Luckily, some kind locals were happy to take the time to knit the elephants giant sweaters for the cold season. You can just tell how much they’re enjoying the added warmth from their happy expressions!
Knitting a sweater big enough for the largest land mammal on the planet is not easy. Kartrick Satyanarayan, the cofounder of Wildlife SOS, told The Dodo that it takes the knitters four weeks to make one sweater, and they still take the time to make them as beautiful as possible.
The sanctuary’s priority is making sure its rescue animals are happy and comfortable as they live out their remaining years. The gentle giants deserve a break after the extreme abuse and cruelty they’ve experienced for most of their lives.
“It is important to keep our elephants protected from the bitter cold during this extreme winter, as they are weak and vulnerable having suffered so much abuse making them susceptible to ailments such as pneumonia,” Satyanarayan told the Times of India. “The cold also aggravates their arthritis which is a common issue that our rescued elephants have to deal with."
So far, 23 elephants have giant sweaters and the sanctuary is expecting to rescue 50 more from illegal captivity in 2017. If all goes well, all its animals will be sporting new colorful duds in time for next year’s winter. They have to make do with these somewhat less fashionable blankets in the meantime.