The Elephant That Was Injured By A Landmine Gets Her New Artificial Leg

Photo by Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

Mosha, the elephant that was injured by a landmine, has her prosthetic leg attached at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation in Lampang, Thailand. Mosha was 7 months old when she stepped on a land mine near Thailand’s border with Myanmar and lost a front leg. That was a decade ago.

Photo by Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

Mosha is one of more than a dozen elephants who have been wounded by land mines in the border region, where rebels have been fighting the Myanmar government for decades. She was the first elephant to be fitted with a prosthetic limb at the hospital near Lampang.

Photo by Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

Mosha weighed about 1,300 pounds (590 kg) when she was wounded. Today, she weighs more than 4,000 pounds (1800 kg), and her growth has necessitated frequent upgrades of her artificial leg. Motala, another resident of the hospital, lost a front leg to a land mine in the same border area in 1999. She is now more than 50 years old. “The Eyes of Thailand”, a 2012 documentary, featured her being fitted with an artificial limb. Dr. Therdchai Jivacate, a Thai orthopedist who helped design prosthetic limbs for the elephants, said they could not survive without them.

Photo by Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

Photo by Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

Photo by Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

Photo by Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

Photo by Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

Photo by Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

Photo by Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

Photo by Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

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