The First Elephant With a Prosthetic Leg

Technology is not only helping humans become mobile again after losing a limb, it has now being adapted for animals too, and in this case, for Mosha, a baby Asian Elephant that lost her right foreleg in a landmine explosion. When Thai orthopedic surgeon, Therdchai Jivacate, caught sight of the then two-year-old Mosha at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation in 2007, he immediately knew he wanted to help the young elephant walk properly again. “When I saw Mosha, I noticed that she had to keep raising her trunk into the air in order to walk properly. At the time, she weighed around 600 kg and she was putting two thirds of her body weight onto her left foreleg, which was causing it to become bent,” Jivacate told Motherboard in conversation.