Elephant Enjoys Walking With New Prosthetic Leg After Losing A Limb To A Poacher’s Snare Trap

An elephant who ʟᴏsᴛ his leg to a poacher’s snare trap demonstrates how he has embraced his new life with a prosthetic limb. When Chhouk the elephant was discovered nearly ᴅᴇᴀᴅ in a Cᴀᴍʙᴏᴅɪᴀn forest, he was less than two years old and he was nursing his infected wound and suffering from severe malnutrition.

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He was saved by a conservationist, taken to live in an outdoor enclosure and given a prosthetic leg by medical professionals in Cᴀᴍʙᴏᴅɪᴀ. Ten years later, the prosthesis is still so cozy, according to Chhouk’s rescuers, that the elephant becomes upset if he can’t wear it.

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Chhouk was found in the forest ten years ago by Nick Marx of Wildlife Alliance Rescue and Care, who said the elephant appeared to be “likely to die” at the time. He appeared certain to pass away and was in horrible shape. He was severely ʜᴜʀᴛ and quite frail. It appeared like only his tenacity was keeping him up.

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The WWF crew had caught Chhouk, meaning Lotus, named after their patrol station, and had tied him to a tree by tying a rope around his neck, which was a wise move to prevent him from stumbling off. The elephant was tranquilized, given medical attention, and had his ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇd leg bandaged before being taken through a perilous road out of the forest and brought to Phnom Tamao.

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Chhouk was eventually hoisted into a stall in the Wildlife Alliance Rescue and Care’s elephant habitat. Every week, they put him to sleep, cleaned up the wound, extracted a few pieces of broken bone and ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇd tissue and bandaged the leg again, said Nick.

When they undressed the leg each week, they could virtually see the skin regrowing down the leg and around the underside of the remaining stump until it was totally healed, with the skin ultimately covering the entire area once again.

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The Cᴀᴍʙᴏᴅɪᴀn School of Prostheses and Orthotics (CSPO) has subsequently provided Chhouk with prosthetics to aid with his walking. According to his rescuers, the elephant has become accustomed to wearing the prosthesis and he will become uncomfortable if he can’t wear it.

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