Elephant In Thailand Gets New Prosthetic Leg

A 50-year-old elephant in Thailand who lost her left front leg a few years ago is now kicking it up with a new prosthetic.

The elephant, named Motala, lost the appendage in 1999 after she accidentally stepped on a land mine left over from the ongoing conflicts along the Thai-Myanmar border, according to CNET.com. At the time, she had been a working elephant who moved trees for a living, and was simply foraging for food in the forest when the accident occurred.

Her owners tried to save the leg, but eventually it had to be amputated. And it wasn’t until 2006 that she was able to get her first artificial leg, a temporary one that she learned to walk on, before getting a more permanent prosthesis in 2009.

Since the prosthetic has to be changed according to the weight of the elephant, Motala has been given other legs accordingly. She most recently received her third one.

Read more in Huff Post

“Motala, the female elephant who stepped on landmine across Thai border on the 15th August, 1999 and has been treated, operated at FAE’s Elephant Hospital”

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About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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