Success: Elephant Gets An Artificial Leg

from Wildlife Promise

0 8/16/2009 // By Kevin Coyle //

ElephantLimb We can rebuild her–we have the technology….

Jack Loftus at Gizmodo Science reports:

“Motola, like so many who must share their lives with former war zones and forgotten minefields, lost a limb in 1999. Thankfully, she walked again today courtesy modern medicine and an artificial limb. The thing is, she’s an elephant. And, as an elephant, she weighs three tons. That kind of weight–excuse me for saying so, ma’am–requires one strong prosthesis. It took a few years of work to get right. In the interim, Motola was forced to use a temporary prosthesis. This was completely unbecoming of her status as a respected 48-year-old pachyderm.”  See full article.