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Adorable Grandma Knits Elmer Blanket For Baby Elephant

Adorable Grandma Knits Elmer Blanket For Baby Elephant

Just when we thought it wasn't possible to love grandmas anymore, one goes and knits an Elmer blanket for an orphaned baby elephant.

Meet Enid McDermott, a lovely 83-year-old woman who spent two months knitting a huge colourful blanket during her stay in hospital after she was struck down with pneumonia.

The Elmer blanket. Credit: Caters
The Elmer blanket. Credit: Caters

Why, you might wonder. Well because she found out about a young elephant who is being cared for at a dedicated elephant orphanage in South Africa called HERD (Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development) and wanted to help.

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The elephant in receipt of her blanket was Khanyisa who was rescued after being caught in a snare for days and suffered severe lacerations to the back of both of her ears and neck.

Enid, from Leicestershire, UK, remembers reading the famous picture book stories of 'Elmer the Patchwork Elephant' to her grandchildren when they were little (can relate) and was desperate to help Khanyisa so decided to knit the multi-coloured blanket - which also gave her something to focus on during her recovery.

Enid knitting. Credit: Caters
Enid knitting. Credit: Caters

Enid's daughter, Deb Small, sent the blanket off in the post but the pair were devastated when it appeared to go missing for weeks on end.

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Finally, after four months, the blanket arrived and great-grandmother Enid was delighted to receive pictures of Khanyisa sporting her cosy coat.

Deb Small, 55, said today: "Mum is absolutely over the moon that the blanket eventually got there and that it still fits. She was really very ill in hospital and having this to focus on definitely helped.

"She'd had lots of wool for her birthday and one day she asked for it all to be brought in and that what was she did almost all day every day for about two months."

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Deb went on: "She has always loved wildlife and was aware of Khanyisa's plight and wanted to do something to help. She loves the Elmer books and used to read them to her grandchildren and this was just an idea she came up with.

"Once it was sent off she kept asking everyday if it had arrived and we were so disappointed when it seemed to have gotten lost in the post.

"When we heard it had finally been delivered after all this time she was so so pleased. Over the moon in fact.

"It's great that Khanyisa will still get some use out of it too because they are still having cool winter nights there."

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Khanyisa sporting her new coat. Credit: Caters
Khanyisa sporting her new coat. Credit: Caters

Sue Howells, from HERD, said: "Khanyisa is an exceptionally strong and brave little elephant.

"She is incredibly resilient and has what seems to be an uncrushable spirit."

HERD is a facility built to rehabilitate and hand rear elephant calves that have been displaced or orphaned.

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The orphanage allows for the baby elephants to be close to a herd, for emotional well-being.

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Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]