Remember when that awesome man knit a whole bunch of tiny sweaters for penguins recovering after an oil spill? This is sort of like that, but a lot … bigger. Making one of the gigantic sweaters takes four weeks, so only three elephants have them so far, Wildlife SOS co-founder Kartick Satyanarayan told The Dodo. In the meantime, the rest are making do with gigantic blankets. The center cares for 20 elephants, rescued from wildlife traffickers, abusive circuses and other harmful circumstances.
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Tourist industry can't be trusted to self-regulate, say animal welfare campaigners. The British tourist industry insists that it values animal welfare, yet new research shows it repeatedly promotes "attractions" in Asia that are responsible for horrific abuse of elephants. Campaigners say this is proof that the travel industry cannot be trusted to regulate itself and we need Parliament to act by banning the promotion of these appalling tour venues. There are so few Asian elephants remaining that they are classified as critically endangered, and yet babies are still being stolen from the wild to perform for tourists.
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Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. The elephant, named Tikiri, had been slated to march in the Esala Perahera, a day series of parades in the city of Kandy. The festival is run by the Temple of the Tooth, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the country. The post showed an image of Tikiri decked out in full body-covering finery for the parade next to other photos that revealed her emaciated body.