Villagers in the Indian village of Agra are rescuing enormous woolly sweaters for rescued elephants to keep them warm in the near-freezing temperatures.
The Wildlife SOS sanctuary near Agra rescues elephants from across India who have been abused, beaten, and neglected by previous owners.
As temperatures in the region have dropped, locals have been busy knitting and crocheting super-sized sweaters to keep the animals cozy.
After staff warned that temperatures were approaching freezing, many local women came forward with pajama-like garments for the elephants to wear.
Kartick Satyanarayan, founder of the center, said: “It is important to keep our elephants protected from the bitter cold during this extreme weather, as they are weak and vulnerable having suffered so much abuse.”
“They are susceptible to ailments such as pneumonia [and] the cold aggravates their arthritis, which is a common issue our rescued elephants have to deal with.”
The center currently houses 20 elephants rescued from illegal captivity, trafficking, exploitation for begging or circus shows, and they’re hoping to rescue 50 more elephants this year, as well as expanding the sanctuary with new land.
Thanks to the volunteers, these elephants will keep snug this winter.