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Vodka saves frostbitten elephants from freezing to death.

Summary: Two elephants stranded in Siberia with frostbite are kept warm with vodka.

A pair of circus elephants being transported across Siberia in -41C temperatures have been saved by Russian vodka when their truck broke down on the road.

The animals, Jenny and Magda from a Polish circus, were travelling across Russia when their trailer caught fire on the road.

Their handlers were able to save them from the fire, but, in the process, exposed them to dangerously low temperatures.

In an effort to keep the duo warm, as well as making them run in circles, the handlers diluted vodka with warm water for the elephants to drink.

Jenny and Magda, both in their late 40s, were soon taken to a local school gym, where it was discovered that they survived their ordeal with little more than frostbite on their ears and trunks.

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Publication:Independent Television News Limited (ITN)
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Date:Dec 17, 2012
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