Vodka Saves Elephants From Siberian Cold; How?

By Melissa Siegel on December 14, 2012 5:49 PM EST

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Two elephants were saved in Siberia thanks to the magic of vodka. (Photo: REUTERS)

Vodka saved the lives of two elephants in Siberia.

According to the Associated Press, the two elephants were in a trailer that caught fire and thus had to stand outside in the cold while they waited for a new truck to arrive. Trainer Leonid Labo then gave the two animals 2.6 gallons of vodka to save the elephants' lives. As a result, the elephants only had frostbite on the tips of their ears.

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Not only did this vodka save the elephants, but it did so possibly without intoxicating them. In fact, the animals even seem to enjoy the alcohol.

"They started roaring like if they were in the jungle!" an official told Russia's Ria Novosti news agency, per BBC. "Perhaps, they were happy."

The fact that vodka saved these elephants from frostbite is even more surprising when you consider that alcohol actually lowers both human's and animal's body temperatures. However, it does make them feel warmer.

Russian zoo director Rostislav Shilo believes these elephants would have died of hypothermia or frostbite  had they not been saved by the vodka. The two animals reportedly belonged to a circus that was touring the area.

This not the first time alcohol has been used for medicinal purposes. As we previously reported, a man in New Zealand was cured of blindness by being administered whiskey at a local hospital.

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