Vodka Saves Elephants' Lives during Harsh Russian Winter

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Circus trainers claim two of their elephants were saved from the deadly Siberian cold by vodka.

Emergency ministry spokesman Alexander Davydov said Friday that the elephants were in a trailer that caught fire Thursday outside the city of Novosibirsk, forcing trainers to take them out into the bitter cold before another truck arrived to deliver them to a warm gym at a local community college.

The Komsomolskaya Pravda daily reported that trainer Leonid Labo had the animals, aged 45 and 48, drink 10 liters (2.6 gallons) of vodka diluted in warm water — and a veterinarian said later that only the tips of their ears were frostbitten.

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Actually for short-term frost-bite protection, that's exactly what you want. You want warm core blood to circulate freely to extremities. It's not a good long term treatment because you will become hypothermic sooner than you would otherwise but for this situation it sounds like they did the right thing.
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