Mosha the Elephant gets a Prosthetic Leg, and it’s Awesome!!

I love technology! Especially when it’s used to help the less-fortunate, or in this case, our animal friends.

Friends of the Asian Elephant is a Thai registered foundation whose primary task is to look after the welfare of elephants throughout Thailand, and is the world’s first Elephant hospital.

Mosha suffered a landmine injury while walking near the Burmese border when she was just seven months old. This terrible injury led to the loss of her leg below her knee, which obviously put extreme pressure on her other limbs and her spine.

Therdchai Jivacate, a surgeon who designs prosthetic legs for humans, and other animals through the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation in Thailand, spotted Mosha when she was 2 and half years old.

He decided  to take on the challenge of making a prosthetic leg for Mosha. Despite design and biomechanics problems along the way, the doctor was able to make a 15 kg leg, made of thermoplastic, steel, and elastomer.

In the past six years, Mosha has gone through nine prosthetic forelegs that can cope with her increasing weight and size. The doctor is still in the pursuit of a perfect prosthetic with materials that are more durable and resistant to wear.

From generous donors and supporters, Mosha is the first elephant ever to receive and use a prosthetic leg functionally.

To view this heartwarming story, check out the video below, and if you would like to donate to this very worthy cause, please click on this link – friendsoftheasianelephant.

 

Sources: Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation, and Futurism