Fashion-Conscious Elephants Model Their Colorful Sweaters
In their native habitat, elephants don’t usually have to find ways to stay warm, but northern India has been having a bitterly cold winter – too cold for the elephants even with their thick hides.
The elephants at Wildlife SOS are blind, disabled, or on the mend after suffering excessive abuse during their life. In addition, arthritis is a common problem for the rescued elephants and is aggravated by the temperatures in northern India that have been dipping lower and lower.
Compassionate women in a nearby local village came to the rescue. They’ve been knitting some colorful, jumbo jumpers for the elephants.
At one point, an elephant equivalent of footie pajamas was tried, but it seems that the elephants didn’t like having their feet covered. So that idea was given up.
Kartick Satyanarayan, CEO and co-founder of Wildlife SOS, said, “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.”
These knitted jumpers are doing the trick. They work very well to keep the elephants warm.
Wildlife SOS has plans to provide homes for another 50 elephants, so they’re going to need many more volunteer knitters before next winter.
What a worthwhile project for your knitting skills!
Image source: Roger Allen