As summer approaches and the mercury begins to rise, folks throughout the world will soon be looking for a way to beat the heat. But to ensure that elephants and other wildlife aren't without a place to cool off too, workers in a forest in eastern India have provided them with their very own watery refuges -- digging 21 private ponds perfect for any overheated animal to find relief.
"We completed digging of ponds on a priority bases as the temperature has been rising over the past few days," forest officer Arun Mishra told the Times of India. "The bigger ponds are meant for bathing of elephants."
In addition to the artificial watering holes, workers also planted crops of bamboo and banyon deep within the forest so that the 131 elephants that live there don't have to wander too far to find something to eat.
Officials hope the $100,000 pond project will actually be a cost-saver in the long run. In years past, thirsty and hungry elephants have been known to wander into villages, causing damage to crops and putting the animals in potential conflict with humans.