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Elephant dismembered by landmine gets a brand new prosthetic

Mosha

Mosha the elephant has just got a brand new prosthetic.

The animal stepped on a landmine along the Thai-Myanmar border 10 years ago, and the incident destroyed her leg.

But these images show her receiving her new prosthetic.Mosha was just seven months old when the accident happened.

She was rushed to an elephant hospital run by the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation in Lampang province in northern Thailand.

The surgeon made the leg especially for Mosha

The surgeon made the leg especially for Mosha

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, June 29, 2016.

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.

Surgeon Therdchai Jivacate gave her a new leg following the incident. As she has grown, he has designed new, longer and stronger legs for her.

‘The way she walked was unbalanced and her spine was going to bend,’ Therdchai, 72, said of Mosha before receiving her latest leg. ‘She would have died’.

Mosha, who weighed only 600 kg when she was given her first artificial limb, now weighs over 2,000 kg.

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, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha      SEARCH "MOSHA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Mosha has her leg fitted

Founded in 1993, the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation hospital was the world’s first elephant hospital and currently has 17 patients.

The Thai-Myanmar border is still dotted with landmines left over from clashes between minority rebels and the Myanmar army dating back decades.




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