Baby Elephant Who Lᴏsᴛ Her Leg To Land Mine Was Given A Prosthesis By A Cᴏᴍᴘᴀssɪᴏɴᴀᴛᴇ Sᴜʀɢᴇᴏɴ
Mosha is an elephant who makes history, not because she does something extraordinary or she is somehow different from other elephants. This girl is remarkable because she is the very first elephant in this world to receive a prosthetic leg from humans. Reports said many of the elephants would have been ᴇᴜᴛʜᴀɴɪᴢᴇᴅ if it wasn’t for Buiting and the cutting-edge technology she uses to create prosthetic legs.
A veterinary Sᴜʀɢᴇᴏɴ in Australia has been applauded for fitting prosthetic legs to elephants that have been ɪɴᴊᴜʀᴇᴅ by landmines in the wild. Dr. Chloe Buiting, dubbed as ‘Jungle Doctor’, has been working to sᴀᴠᴇ ᴇɴᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴇᴅ animals all over the world for many years now. For more than three years now, he has given prosthetic legs to elephants who have walked over landmines in Thailand. Buiting has been helping Thailand’s elephants since 2018. She started her work after seeing the condition of ɪɴᴊᴜʀᴇᴅ elephants at the Thailand-Myanmar border. Reports said many of the elephants would have been ᴇᴜᴛʜᴀɴɪᴢᴇᴅ if it wasn’t for Buiting. And the cutting-edge technology she uses to create prosthetic legs.
The poor girl Lᴏsᴛ one of her front legs 10 years ago after stepping on a land mine near Thailand’s northern border with Myanmar when she was only seven months old. It took the luckless calf two years to finally healed and thankfully two years later, she had the chance to meet Sᴜʀɢᴇᴏɴ Therdchai Jivacate at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation hospital – the world’s first elephant hospital in Lampang, Thailand.“Sᴀᴅʟʏ, a lot of animals there are facing severe pressures. From habitat ʟᴏss to wildlife ᴄʀɪᴍᴇ and animals being sold on the black market, Africa can truly be a ʙʀᴜᴛᴀʟ place,” she said. These tender creatures were known as the biggest animals on land so it’s no surprise that even elephant calves were way heavier than adult dogs, and creating special legs for them was truly a huge challenge. However, Jivacate wasn’t ready to give up. He knew he had to continue at all costs for the elephant’s sake.
“I was fortunate enough to work with a range of species, from elephants to rhinos and many others [while in Africa]. It’s just an incredible experience to work with such majestic animals,” she said.“With the help of prostheses elephants can learn to walk again and live full lives that would have otherwise been impossible. My time with them was an experience that I will never forget,” she added. Buiting said the process can be ᴘᴀɪɴꜰᴜʟ but it has been incredibly rewarding to give the animals the quality of life they deserve.