What a great story of humanity and love for others. When most animal organizations would have just put this animal to sleep, Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation made Mosha the elephant a permanent resident.
This Asian elephant, has been given a second shot at mobility with the help of a prosthetic leg after she lost her right foreleg to a land mine on the Burmese border when she was 7 months old.
Mosha lost her leg 10 years ago when she weighed about 1,300 pounds. Mosha now weighs more than 4,000 pounds.
As she got bigger, Mosha had a harder time getting around on three limbs. Thai surgeon Therdchai Jivacate noticed her struggling and engineered a prosthetic leg when she was two and a half-years-old. However, she quickly outgrew the leg and has since had nine prosthetic.
“The way she walked was unbalanced and her spine was going to bend,” Therdchai, 72, told Reuters. “She would have died.”
Amazing job Dr. Jivacate!
Mosha isn’t the only elephant to receive a prosthetic leg. Another FAE hospital resident Motola also received a prosthetic leg.
The Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation hospital is the first elephant hospital in the world and has 17 patients.