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Motala, the Elephant, Given a Prosthetic Leg 05 Apr 2013 Weird & Wonderful | 3 comments

A fabricated leg has given the 50-year-old hard-working elephant a chance for a more normal life.


image source from: http://douglasbaderfoundation.co.uk

Motala was a working elephant who moved trees in an illegal logging camp until she lost her leg to a hidden landmine while foraging for food along the Thai-Myanmar (Burma) border. The area is still home to a large number of the hidden devices, which serve as a grim reminder of the conflict there.

Despite attempts to save the limb, it eventually had to be amputated below the knee, in a surgery that required enough anesthetic to sedate 70 grown men. Motala simply lived without the leg until she received her first trial prosthetic.

New Challenges

Fitting and creating comfortable and serviceable limbs for humans is difficult enough, but constructing them for animals creates an entirely new set of challenges, as they may find the unnatural appendage uncomfortable or frightening, and simply refuse to wear it. The process must also be repeated from time to time as an elephant’s weight changes and the leg suffers from normal wear and tear.

The Prostheses Foundation, which normally creates artificial limbs for humans, made Motala’s new leg free of charge. The process wasn’t an easy one. The 6,000-pound amputee had to be prepared for her prosthetic through physical therapy, and practice with a temporary limb.

A sleeve to be worn under the leg had to be created, and the molding and casting processes are largely trial and error as it isn’t everyday someone creates a new leg for an elephant.

Motala wasn’t the first elephant to receive a new leg. In 2008, a seven-month-old baby elephant named Mosha received her own prosthetic, although her recovery and adjustment process was much quicker due to her age.

You Can Help

To help elephants like Motala and Mosha, please visit the following sites:

FAE Elephant Hospital: www.facebook.com/FAEHospital

Eyes of Thailand, LLC
P.O. Box 420395
San Francisco, CA 94142
www.eyesofthailand.com
info@eyesofthailand.com


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What do the travelers say?

foxqueen, Sweden
April 08, 2013
poor thing, thank god there are organizations out there like eyes of thailand
Asiatia79, United Kingdom
April 19, 2013
That's brilliant.
JenTheHornist, United States
May 17, 2013
I'm glad that they decided to invest the time and money in helping her instead of deciding that it was easier to simply put her down. She put in a lifetime of hard work, as do many elephants in Myanmar, so it's good to see that she was appreciated.

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