Villagers Knitted Colorful Jumpers To Protect The Elephants From Near-Freezing Temperatures (9 images)

A story from 2017, yet is so beautiful that it deserves another round in the spotlight. The village women in a northern city of Mathura, near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, have knitted beautiful and colorful garments for the India Elephants when the temperature at night hit sub-zero. Full story at Independent.

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    The conservation centre takes in rescued elephants who have previously suffered chronic neglect and beatings from cruel handlers. 

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    Kartick Satyanarayan, the founder of the care centre, said it was important to protect the formerly abused elephants from the cold. 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."

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    Kartick Satyanarayan added, "The cold also aggravates their arthritis which is a common issue that our rescued elephants have to deal with."

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    The centre houses 20 elephants that have been rescued from illegal captivity, trafficking mafia, exploited for street begging and circuses where they were abused and subjected to extreme cruelty.

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    The staff has plans to rescue even more elephants in the future as they secure more land to expand the sanctuary.  

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    Photographs by Roger Allen show the female elephants wearing the carefully embroidered outfits, which cover their legs, back, and neck.

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