Elephant Getting Prosthetic Leg

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2009 11:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 48-year-old Thai elephant who stepped on a landmine 10 years ago got fitted for permanent artificial leg today, the AP reports. Motola, who's become a cause celebré for the plight of elephants worldwide, got measured for the new limb at an elephant hospital in Thailand. Until now she’s been walking on a temporary canvas leg.

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"I do hope she will accept the new leg," said an official with an advocacy group. "It would be wonderful to see Motola and Baby Mosha walking together side-by-side." Mosha is a 3-year-old at the same hospital who became the first elephant to get a prosthetic leg 2 years ago. She stepped on a landmine while just 7 months old. Thailand's borders with Cambodia and Burma are rife with the unexploded mines. (Read more elephant stories.)

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