Villagers Knit Jumpers for Indian Elephants to Protect the Large Mammals from Near-Freezing Temperatures


Women form the northern Indian city of Mathura started a fashion trend for elephants, thanks to their diligent hands. As the temperatures started to fall below zero, Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation started to worry about the elephant’s safety. Therefore, women started to kneed elephant size jumpers. Many pictures of the ‘stylish elephants’ were taken amid an ongoing cold wave during January 2017 in India. In their new outfits, the elephants looked pretty awesome.

Elephants that have been kept captive are taken care of by the SOS Wildlife India. Their mission is to rehabilitate abused and distressed elephants. They started as a non-profit organization in 2010 and their first targets were elephants kept for construction and entertainment industries. At the center, 20 elephants are now stationed, living a far better life, filled with baths in the facilities many water pools and a sense of freedom. If anyone is happy to help and volunteer at SOS Wildlife, contact them or donate their ‘sponsor an elephant program’.

Animals like elephants are not capable of existing in cold-weather zoos, as the animal welfare activists in America are claiming. But, zoo officials oppose and say that for elephants it can be healthier to stay in cool climates. Cold weather can kill bacteria, therefore prevent infection. Wild elephants are capable of living in a variety of climates, even in mountains.

Elephants may face cold freezing weather up in the mountains. When harsh weather occurs, they often huddle to keep themselves warm. However, the majority of them live in warm weather, like in Asia. Asian elephants that have been taken to colder places and weren’t provided with a coat or in housing, developed foot sores and arthritis during freezing temperatures. That may cause death to elephants.

Providing Asian elephants with coats hasn’t been tested for efficacy for now. In America and Canada, they still do not give elephants warm jumpers, even though they are far colder places. However, Asians provided coats for elephants in the past and will continue to help the great animal.

Resident pachyderms at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation in Mathura have been through a lot, meaning they live difficult and tough lives. They all have endured arduous living conditions in the past, some of them are blind and some are lame. For observes, the courthouse action of providing warmth to the rescued creatures is pleasant.

The co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS, Kartick Satyanarayan, 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. The cold also aggravates their arthritis which is a common issue that our recused elephants have to deal with.” Nowadays, a link between climate change and these weather events is not found. But, compassion and awareness will bring a bright future.

At this time, a link between climate change and these weather events is unclear. But for many, compassion at the local level, and awareness at the global level is a positive sign for the future!


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