People In This Village Are Knitting Huge Sweaters And Legwear For Rescued Elephants To Keep Them Warm

Just because elephants are large creatures, it does not mean that they are immune to cold weather. They do feel the cold.

Women from villages around Mumbai have taken on the gigantic task of keeping the gentle giants warm. They knit huge sweaters and pyjama outfits for the elephants.

The previous owners of the elephants treated them very badly, beating them with iron rods and letting them eat food from the streets instead of natural fodder. Some elephants were even trained to beg for food on the streets.

There are 20 elephants living at the sanctuary and the ladies took a long time to complete the outfits for all of them. The villagers have taken it on themselves to make sure that the elephants not only have warm coverings, but also good food.

The elephants have become used to the women visiting them, and sitting near them to make their clothes, and have developed a rapport with them. They are no longer afraid that they will be abused, and allow the women to sit close by.

The villagers regularly come by to keep the elephants company and friendship and trust has developed between them. The elephants do not look at them as people to be scared of, but instead as gentle people who will not harm them.

While the colours and style may not be fashionable, we think that the elephants truly appreciate the comfort and warmth of their new clothes. Somehow the elephants know that each article have been lovingly hand made for them, with care, pride, and kindness.

Photo: Roger Cullen W.O.S
As the nights grow cold in the Indian sanctuary where the rescued animals now live, they can slip into these massive jumpers that have been specially knitted for them
Does my trunk look big in this? In fact, with their outsize red legwear, it almost looks as if they are wearing pyjamas
Does my trunk look big in this? In fact, with their outsize red legwear, it almost looks as if they are wearing pyjamas
Ladies in the village near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura began knitting and crocheting the mammoth pyjamas last year
Ladies in the village near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in Mathura began knitting and crocheting the mammoth pyjamas last year
Their handiwork, which took months to complete, was in response to an appeal from staff at the centre, where temperatures at night dip close to freezing point – too cold even for an elephant’s thick hide
Their handiwork, which took months to complete, was in response to an appeal from staff at the centre, where temperatures at night dip close to freezing point – too cold even for an elephant’s thick hide
Females Laxmi, Phoolkali and Suzy were the first of the centre’s 20 elephants to get to model their new nightwear
Females Laxmi, Phoolkali and Suzy were the first of the centre’s 20 elephants to get to model their new nightwear
And as these pictures of them on their first walkabout show, their new pyjamas fitted like a – very, very big – glove
And as these pictures of them on their first walkabout show, their new pyjamas fitted like a – very, very big – glove
Kartick Satyanarayan, founder of the centre, said: ‘We work hard to give these elephants a life of dignity and protection while we also provide them ongoing treatment and care'
Kartick Satyanarayan, founder of the centre, said: ‘We work hard to give these elephants a life of dignity and protection while we also provide them ongoing treatment and care’
The charity rescues elephants who have suffered chronic neglect and beatings from cruel handlers
The charity rescues elephants who have suffered chronic neglect and beatings from cruel handlers
Mr Satyanarayan added: ‘This winter we are making jumpers to give the jumbos in our care some warmth'
Mr Satyanarayan added: ‘This winter we are making jumpers to give the jumbos in our care some warmth’
Mr Satyanarayan may soon have to find some extra knitters. He and his team have plans to rescue another 50 elephants this year
Mr Satyanarayan may soon have to find some extra knitters. He and his team have plans to rescue another 50 elephants this year
There are also plans to secure more land to expand the sanctuary - so more handmade jumpers may be in order
There are also plans to secure more land to expand the sanctuary – so more handmade jumpers may be in order
The rescued elephants are all affected by the cold after their ordeal at the hands of owners
The rescued elephants are all affected by the cold after their ordeal at the hands of owners
(Photo: Roger Cullen W.O.S)
Here Suzy Phoolkali (front) and Laxmi (rear) show off their jumpers. This elephant looked like he was enjoying the experience
Wild elephants are under threat across the world. The ivory trade fuels illegal hunting and smuggling that kills an estimated 30,000 elephants a year
Wild elephants are under threat across the world. The ivory trade fuels illegal hunting and smuggling that kills an estimated 30,000 elephants a year
The rescued elephants are all affected by the cold after their ordeal at the hands of owners
The rescued elephants are all affected by the cold after their ordeal at the hands of owners

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Source: InUth