Meet Motala, a 50 year old elephant from Thailand who lost her front left leg in 1999 after stepping on a land mine left over from ongoing conflicts along the Thai-Myanmar border. When the accident occurred Motala was a working elephant who moved trees for a living. She was simply foraging for food in the forest when she stepped on the mine.
Although her owners tried to save poor Motala’s leg, the limb was so badly damaged that it eventually had to be amputated below the knee. It wasn’t until 2006 that she was able to receive her first artificial leg. It was only a temporary solution, but she successfully learned to walk on it. In 2009 Motala received her first permanent prosthesis, made for her at the Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) elephant hospital in the Mae Yao National Reserve in Thailand. Because prosthetic legs must be changed according to weight, Motala has been given other legs accordingly and received a new one last year, her third.
i hope my followers reblog this. this is just…there are no words.
A baby elephant tries to keep up with his mommy. [x]
Morning Fluff: Baby elephant Donna brushes up on her Pilates football soccer skills at a zoo in England.
(Heads up — cutest faceplant ever by a 2-year-old Asian elephant.)
You boop that tree, BAMF little elephant!
3 week old baby elephant plays in the mud at the zoo in Munich and face-plants but gets up quickly and continues his playful journey.