Mosha Becomes First Elephant to Receive Prosthetic Leg After Stepping on Land Mine

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We did a post on Instagram showing a day in the life of Mosha at the world’s first hospital for elephants in Thailand.

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When Mosha was a tiny calf, she stepped on a land mine and lost her front right leg.

When orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jivacate met Mosha, he was moved to help her and decided to invent the first artificial leg for elephants. He had created thousands of prosthetic limbs — but never for an elephant. 

Because there was no manual to create a prosthetic limb for such a large animal, Dr. Jivacate had to rely on his experience and learn through trial and error. As Mosha grew, the good doctor continually fitted Mosha with new prosthetics to adjust to her increasing weight. He used each time to improve the model, experimenting with different materials to make it more sturdy. The first model was given to Mosha in 2007 and was made from plastic, sawdust, and metal.

Dr. Jivacate and Mosha made history with the success of the prosthetic leg and it helped veterinarians fit other elephants with similar injuries.

Mosha has developed a very close bond with Dr. Jivacate who says she salutes him when he visits.

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