Two elephants that were forced out of a trailer and into the frigid Russian winter were saved by vodka, their trainers claim.

The circus animals were evacuated from their trailer when it caught fire and had to wait outside for a truck that could take them to an emergency shelter -- in this case, a community college's gym, The Associated Press reported.

To keep the animals warm, trainer Leonid Labo gave them each 2.6 gallons of vodka mixed with warm water, which the local zoo's director credited with keeping the animals from getting frostbite, according to the AP. A veterinarian said the elephants only had frostbite on the tips of their ears.