MATHURA, INDIA — Who doesn’t love seeing pictures of cute animals? And as one elephant conservation centre in India has proven, the bigger the animal, the more joy the picture brings.
Staff at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center in the northern Indian city of Mathura has found a heartwarming solution to keep its animals safe from this winter’s severely cold weather: knitting elephant-sized sweaters for them to wear.
Adorned with intricate patterns, some even with legwarmers attached, these sweaters are everything we didn’t know we needed. One sweater takes four weeks to knit, which is why only three lucky elephants have them so far. In the meantime, the rest are making do with warm blankets, reports the Huffington Post.
Wildlife SOS co-founder Kartick Satyanarayan told The Dodo that in extreme winter weather, elephants are prone to ailments like pneumonia and arthritis. The center cares for a total of 20 elephants, all of which have been rescued from traffickers, abusive circuses and other harmful circumstances.