Mosha the elephant stepped on a landmine along the Thai-Myanmar border 10 years ago and lost her leg. On Wednesday, she received her ninth prosthetic leg and this sweetest video of her trying it out was released.
Mosha was just seven months old when her accident happened. She was rushed to an elephant hospital run by the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation. in Lampang province in northern Thailand.
Two years later, surgeon Therdchai Jivacate gave her a new leg and a new life. 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 kilograms when she was given her first artificial limb, now weighs over 2,000 kilograms. Her new leg is made of thermoplastic, steel and elastomer.
Founded in 1993, the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation hospital was the world’s first elephant hospital and currently has 17 patients, including some babies.
The Thai-Myanmar border is still dotted with landmines left over from clashes between ethnic-minority rebels and the Myanmar army dating back decades.