Mosha is an elephant who makes history, not because she does something extraordinary or she is somehow different from other elephants. This girl is remarkable because she is the very first elephant in this world to receive a prosthetic leg from humans.
The poor girl lost one of her front legs 10 years ago after stepping on a land mine near Thailand’s northern border with Myanmar when she was only seven months old. It took the luckless calf two years to finally healed and thankfully two years later, she had the chance to meet surgeon Therdchai Jivacate at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation hospital – the world’s first elephant hospital in Lampang, Thailand.
Mosha was brought in for care to The MaeYao National Reserve, the world’s first hospital for elephants.
Mosha was fitted with her first prosthetic limb when she was seven months old and since then the hospital has attached five prosthetic limbs.
The hospital is focused on designing and creating molds to accommodate elephants who are still growing
Since Jivacate first met the elephant calf 8 years ago, he has been constantly giving her multiple new legs to keep up with her steady growth.
Mosha’s growth has called for frequent repairs to her ᴘʀᴏsᴛʜᴇᴛɪᴄ leg. When she ʟᴏsᴛ her leg 10 years ago, she weighed about 1,300 pounds. Mosha now weighs more than 4,000 pounds. As she grew, it became increasingly ᴅɪffɪᴄᴜʟᴛ for Mosha to be mobile with her three ʀᴇᴍᴀɪɴing limbs. Of course, her very first artificial leg was the toughest one for his team. Jivacate had made prosthetic limbs for cats, dogs, and even birds, but elephants were obviously dissimilar.
When she is without her leg, she can only do things like lean against a wall or rails to help relieve some pressure.
Mosha wasn’t the only lucky elephant to receive a prosthetic leg. Another FAE hospital resident Motola also received a prosthetic leg. She became the second elephant to receive one.