Archive for Sunday, August 16, 2009

Elephant hurt by mine getting artificial leg

August 16, 2009


— An elephant who stepped on a land mine 10 years ago was fitted Saturday for a permanent artificial leg.

Motola became a symbol of the plight of today’s elephants, and her injury sparked international sympathy and donations.

“I do hope she will accept the new leg. It would be wonderful to see Motola and Baby Mosha walking together side-by-side,” said Soraida Salwala, secretary general of the Friends of the Asian Elephant, a non-governmental group.

Mosha, also a land mine victim, became the world’s first elephant with an artificial leg, attached in 2007. Soraida said Mosha, now a 3-year-old, is faring well.


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