Mosha, a three-year-old Thai elephant, has received a new prosthetic leg to replace the old one which she had outgrown. At first, Mosha was afraid of her new, bigger appendage – which is made from plastic, metal, sawdust and is painted grey – but liked it when she figured out how to walk on it, the BBC reported.
The elephant lost most of her right front leg to a landmine when she was just seven months old. The Friends of the Asian Elephant and sanctuary in Lampang, Thailand took her in, but she refused to eat and was rejected by the other elephants. In 2007, she was fitted with an artificial limb, according to the Telegraph. Dr. Therdchai Jivacate, who runs the Prostheses Foundation, fitted Mosha for her new limb and has given prosthetic limbs that are lightweight, comfortable and inexpensive to 16,000 people.
“She has grown in confidence and now likes to play with the others,” FAE worker Soraida Salwala told the BBC. “Mosha should live many long, happy, elephant years.” While people are more concerned with the 473,000 human landmine survivors and thousands of new victims each year, Mosha has become a useful symbol of the urgency of the problem and the hope for the injured.