Elephants typically don’t have to worry about the cold, living in generally warm climates. But the weather can do unexpected things sometimes, and then they need a little help.
Currently, there’s a cold snap happening in Northern India, and that’s where Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center is located. The residents are cold.
The sanctuary is home to elephants rescued from years of labor and exploitation. At the sanctuary, they can spend their days roaming, eating, exploring, and enjoying the company of one another and their human caretakers.
When the weather turned cold, those humans were willing to step in again and provide a hand, this time in the form of sweaters.
Really, really big sweaters.
We’ve seen all kinds of animals in sweaters, including hamsters, lambs, and chickens, but these are definitely some of the largest. Local villagers turned out to crochet sweaters to keep the chilly pachyderms warm.
According to SOS founder Kartick Satyanarayan, it took about four weeks to make each sweater, and that means so far, only three of the 23 rescue elephants have been gifted custom sweaters. Fortunately, the others have blankets, so they’re being kept warm, too.
It seems like no matter how big or small you are, a bright sweater makes everything better.