Elephant Maimed by Mine Gets a Leg Up
A Thai elephant whose foot was amputated after it stepped on a land mine has been fitted with a temporary prosthesis.
Motola, a 44-year-old female, is expected to wear the lightweight, canvas, shoe-like device for five to eight months, until her leg is strong enough to carry a heavier, permanent one.
Motola was injured in 1999 while working at a logging camp near the Myanmar border, a region peppered with land mines. Her mangled left front foot was amputated, and since then she has hobbled on three feet.