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Village women knitting giant sweaters for elephants

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people-knit-giant-sweaters-rescue-elephants-3.jpgMathura, 2017.01.19 (VT): Giant sweaters for the elephants are being knitted in Mathura. The ‘Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center’ of Mathura is protecting the elephants with the warm clothes and the sweater knitted by the village women from the neighborhood.

A group of local villagers have been knitting giant sweaters to keep the elephants warm. Cozy winter garments, made with compassion are keeping the elephants happy in the chilling cold. The lucky elephants clearly couldn’t be happier to feel that warm embrace from people who took the time to care.

The cold wave is underway to cripple northern India. The animals are worst affected by the chill.

Fortunately, the sanctuary’s pachyderm residents, each of whom was rescued from a sad life of exploitation and abuse, don’t have to face the freezing temperatures unprotected.
So far three of the sanctuary’s 23 rescued elephants have been gifted sweaters of their own – but if all goes well, the others might be sporting a similar style next year.people-knit-giant-sweaters-rescue-elephants-7.jpg

In the meantime, these warm, less fashionable blankets, will keep them cozy through the winter. Making sure these animals are happy and comfortable is what the sanctuary is all about – especially considering all the hardships they have been through.

According to Kartick Satyanarayan, the co-founder of the Wild life SOS, “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.” 

“The cold also aggravates their arthritis which is a common issue that our rescued elephants have to deal with. We are glad they are finding relief”, said Satyanarayan.

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