By Anna Breslaw
Dec 15, 2012
Although vodka's metaphorically saved my life many a time, Ruski firewater literally rescued two Indian circus elephants from frostbite after the truck in which they were being transported caught fire. Stranded on a highway in freezing Siberia, Russia, the handlers did the only thing they could think of, which was (naturally) giving the pachyderms crunk juice. More specifically, two cases of vodka mixed with water.
As one local official colorfully described, "They roared like it was the jungle. Must have been happy."
After the elephants were sufficiently warmed up, the handlers (trying not to freeze to death themselves) made them jog until they were rescued and taken to a heated garage. They incurred only minimal frostbite to their ears and legs and were still able to perform in their act at the Omsk, Poland city circus. The show must go on!
Above, see one of the elephants' selfies from the incident.