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Elephant Who Lost Leg In Land Mine Blast Gets New Prosthetic Limb

By Michelle Broder Van Dyke

Mosha, an elephant who lost her leg when she was just 7 months old in a land mine blast at the Myanmar-Thailand border, now uses a prosthetic leg to walk around.

Mosha, a three-legged elephant, uses a custom-made prosthetic leg to walk.

Mosha, an elephant who lost her leg when she was just 7 months old in a land mine blast at the Myanmar-Thailand border, now uses a prosthetic leg to walk around.

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The Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation in Lampang, Thailand, where Mosha lives, said the loss of her leg led to severe strain on her other legs and back, so they created a prosthetic leg for her.

The FAE says Mosha is the first elephant ever to use a prosthetic limb, initially attached in 2007.

Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

As Mosha grows bigger, new molds for her prosthetic leg have needed to be designed. She’s now been fitted with her ninth prosthetic leg, according to Reuters.

Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

When she was injured, Mosha weighed about 1,300 pounds. She now weighs over 4,400 pounds, Reuters reported.

Athit Perawongmetha / Reuters

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