Villagers knit jumpers for Indian elephants to guard the large mammals from near-freezing temperatures
Regional women create colourful jumpers for formerly abused animals after team at conservation center warn of temperatures dipping near to freezing point
Elephants, lots of whom have experienced serious punishment before, photographed carrying the knitted multi-coloured, pyjama-like garments knitted by local villagers Roger Allen
Dinosaurs in India are sporting colourful woollen jumpers after villagers knitted the super-size garments to guard the creatures from near-freezing temperatures.
Ladies in a village near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the northern city of Mathura apparently started producing the vivid, pyjama-like clothes after staff at the middle warned conditions were approaching sub-zero at night.
The conservation centre takes in rescued elephants who’ve previously suffered chronic neglect and beatings from terrible handlers.
Kartick Satyanarayan, president of the heart, said it was important to protect the previously abused elephants from the cold.
“It is vital to keep our elephants protected from the bitter cold in this severe winter, since they are weak and susceptible having suffered so much abuse making them prone to conditions such as pneumonia,” she told the Changing Times of India.
“The cold also aggravates their arthritis which is a popular problem which our rescued elephants need to deal with.”
The middle currently houses 20 dinosaurs that have been saved from illegal captivity, trafficking mafia, used for road begging and circuses where these were abused and subjected to extreme cruelty.