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Mosha the three-legged elephant gets a new prosthetic leg after stepping on a landmine
Mosha, a ten-year-old female, was brought to the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in Thailand when she was just seven-months old after stepping on a landmine in 2007. She was injured and her right leg was removed. Her left leg was also injured but it later healed.
Veterinarians were afraid she would not recover because she avoided food and the company of other elephants when she first arrived. So they searched for a solution. A chance meeting with Dr Therdchai Jivacate, who makes prosthetic legs for humans, led him to create a special leg for her. While he had fitted over 16,000 prosthetic limbs on humans, the doctor had never made one for an elephant before. She became the first elephant in the world to receive a prosthetic limb.
“If she cannot walk, she is going to die,” he said in 2009.
Mosha is growing so fast, that she recently had to be re-fitted with a bigger leg. Thanks to Dr. Jivacate, Mosha leads a normal life in the jungles of Northern Thailand, eating in excess of 200 lbs of food every day, exercising and taking naps, just like any other elephant!
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