Animal lovers in Mathura, India have been knitting sweaters for sanctuary elephants at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation Care Center. The rescue is currently home to 20 elephants who are blind, lame or being rehabilitated. The jumbo jackets will keep them warm through the anticipated cold spell in North India.
According to the Times of India, most of the pachyderms have been rescued from trafficking, illegal captivity and cruel circus venues. Almost all of the elephants have suffered through a lifetime of abuse. Now their compassionate rescuers are making sure these giants never suffer again. Several of the peaceful giants spent most of their lives doing hard work in harsh and cruel conditions; caring for their tortured souls physically and psychologically presents a challenge that everyone is prepared to handle. Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS stated:
“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.”
In addition to the jumbo jackets provided for the elephants, the center also provides the animals with extensive open spaces to roam, frequent baths, good food, the best of medical facilities and lots of love. The organisation also runs an Elephant Rehabilitation Centre in Haryana which is home to three elephants. For more information about Wildlife SOS and how you can help, click here.
(Photos screenshots of jumbo jackets to protect elephants via the Independent by Roger Allen)
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