Elephant Prosthetic

by Brazilbilly | 2 years ago (Mon, Apr 16, 2012 3:22pm EDT) | in Cool Stuff
Elephant Prosthetic
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  • 2ndhandsmoker | 2 years ago | +4
    Any story on how the elephant came to lose its leg?
    • ecorock | 2 years ago | +7
      In the war.
    • friendlygarfield | 2 years ago | +4
      well chances is landmine , sadly they was planted and forgotten - too many landmines have been forgotten where they was planted
    • Brazilbilly | 2 years ago | +4

      The elephant, named Motala, lost the appendage in 1999 after she accidentally stepped on a land mine left over from the ongoing conflicts along the Thai-Myanmar border, according to CNET.com. At the time, she had been a working elephant who moved trees for a living, and was simply foraging for food in the forest when the accident occurred.

    • Brazilbilly | 2 years ago | +2
      • dv8nme | 2 years ago | +3
        Brazilbilly thanks for the upload! I remember reading about motola years ago when this happened. She was a retired logging elephant and after she had this happen, her owner coaxed her to walk 3 days on her exploded foot! the story was really heart breaking because her owner said that each step was excruciating for her( obviously) and did whatever he could to keep her moving thru the jungle toward help...I remember something about the delay in her surgery because she had been fed amphetamines for 25 or 30 years and it caused liver or kidney problems that may have caused complications. I believe she was just fitted with her permanent prosthetic only 3 or 4 years ago. I could be wrong but they may have taught her to put it on herself?Maybe?
        • Brazilbilly | 2 years ago | +1
          thank you for more backstory....what a big beautiful animal ,Im sure many have died that way

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