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Elephant uses prosthetic leg

 

By KIM ATIENZA

 

READ somewhere that pros­thetic limbs can now also be used for animals. To me, this is a very healthy sign on how we care for animals.

In this instance, I’m talking about el­ephants receiving prosthetic leg in the line of duty.

Mosha the elephant is believed to be the first elephant to receive an effective and functional prosthetic leg. She is now a permanent resident of a hospital run by the Friends of the Asian Elephant foundation (FAE) in Thailand.

Mosha was just seven months old when she lost her leg stepping on a land­mine on the Burmese border.

As she continued to grew bigger, her missing leg put tremendous pressure on her remaining three limbs and her spine.

During the time of her injury, Mosha weighed about 1,300 pounds. Now, she weighs over 4,400 pounds.

Another elephant named Motola, was the second elephant to receive a prosthetic leg. Motola was also injured by a mine while she was being used by loggers operating along the border.

 

Motola, the elephant that was injured by a landmine, wears her prosthetic leg at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation in Lampang, Thailand, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

MOTOLA, the elephant that was injured by a landmine, wears her prosthetic leg at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation in Lampang, Thailand. (Reuters)

 

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