Mosha Gets A New Leg


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Mosha, an Asian elephant, was only seven months old, when she hurt one of her legs. The injured animal was whisked to the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital and Sanctuary in Lampang, Thailand for treatment.

At the hospital, the poor baby elephant limped around on her three legs, refusing to associate with other elephants or eat anything. The doctors were not only concerned about Mosha's health, but also, about the fact that as she grew bigger and heavier, she would not be able to sustain her weight on three legs and, would probably die.

Fortunately for Mosha, she met Dr. Therdchai Jivacate, who specialized in fitting prosthetic legs on human beings. While he had fitted over 16,000 prosthetic limbs on humans, the doctor had never made one for an elephant before.

However, he decided to give it a try - and designed one made from sawdust, plastic and metal. In 2007, Mosha, who became the first elephant to ever be fitted with a prosthetic limb, took to it right away.

The now three-year old Nellie, is growing so fast, that she recently had to be re-fitted with a bigger leg. Thanks to Dr. Jivacate, Mosha leads a normal life in the jungles of Northern Thailand , eating in excess of 200 lbs of food every day, exercising and taking naps, just like any other toddler!


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  • bekahboo
    bekahbooThursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:49 am
    • angie33
      angie33Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 10:08 am
      so so cute
      • gorillasFriday, September 2, 2016 at 10:53 am
        poor thing
        • princess zoey Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 9:29 am
          I feel bad for the poor little guy or sould I say big !
          • zoey bThursday, January 28, 2016 at 11:06 am
            • BlakeThursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:51 am
              Imagin how strong the prosthetic has to be to carry mosha's weight not to be mean.
              • athenu
                athenuThursday, March 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm
                he looks so happy.:)
                • fseiyrgdfjgmdgdWednesday, March 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm
                  • inventor2004
                    inventor2004Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 5:37 am
                    Mosha really had good help
                    • wildpeep
                      wildpeepSaturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:24 am
                      i love elaphents i wish i had a pet elephant