It’s been a hot summer and humans aren’t the only ones who need to find creative ways to cool down. At the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation & Care Centre in Mathura, the 29 resident elephants had huge pools, water sprinklers, and cooling zones to keep them comfy all summer long!

Peanut enjoying a splash in her Jumbo pool

Peanut enjoying a splash in her Jumbo pool. Courtesy of Wildlife SOS

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Older elephants preferred a more relaxing dip in the pool, but younger elephants, like Peanut and Coco, spent their time splashing and playing around in the water. So cute!

Raju playing with a tyre in his pool copy

Raju playing with a tyre in his pool copy. Courtesy of Wildlife SOS

The pools aren’t only a fun way for the elephants to cool down on hot days, they are also great for relaxation and therapeutic purposes. The buoyancy helps take some of the pressure off of their feet. Plus, the hydrotherapy pool’s high-pressure jets help massage the elephants’ joints, increase blood circulation, relieve chronic muscle aches, and rebuild muscle memory with its natural resistance.

A rescued elephantin India's first Jumbo Hydrotherapy pool at Wildlife SOS

A rescued elephant in India’s first Jumbo Hydrotherapy pool at Wildlife SOS. Courtesy of Wildlife SOS

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Baiju Raj M.V, Director of Conservation Projects at Wildlife SOS, commented, “The elephants spend hours in the pools and it fills our hearts with joy to watch them simply relaxing in the water. We also take them to the Yamuna river which they thoroughly enjoy.”

Apart from providing respite from the heat, the water is effective in providing comfort to the elephants’ painful joints and feet

Apart from providing respite from the heat, the water is effective in providing comfort to the elephants’ painful joints and feet. Courtesy of Wildlife SOS

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It’s amazing to see these animals, who have endured many challenges and cruelties throughout their lives, finally get to relax and get the care that they deserve. To help Wildlife SOS continue to provide amazing care for these rescued animals, you can donate here!

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