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24 January 2017

Villagers Knit Jumpers for Local Elephants as Temperatures Approach Sub-Zero

Img: Roger Allen 
As temperatures in the region approach sub-zero, villagers near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the northern city of Mathura have taken it upon themselves to clothe the local elephant population to protect them against the coming cold.

The villagers have begun to hand-knit some seriously extravagant garments for ol’ Nelly and her pals, creating carefully- and beautifully-embroidered ‘jumpers’ which cover their legs, back and neck. But there’s much more to their actions than a fashion show of mammoth proportions; as centre founder Kartick Satyanarayan states, protecting the centre population of formerly abused elephants from the cold is a vitally important task.

She told the Times of India, “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.”

The centre currently houses 20 elephants rescued from illegal captivity and abusive environments, with plans to bring in 50 more in 2017.

Sam Bonson

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