They built an ankle joint out of a car engine.
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10 years ago it was considered impossible to build a prosthetic for an elephant.
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What do you do when an endangered elephant
steps on a land mine? If you’re the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital
, you make a prosthetic leg that can support 2000 pounds of moving pachyderm.
In his Nobel Peace Prize lecture
accepting on behalf of the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines
, Rae McGrath said, “we cannot talk of having concern for the global environment and yet leave future generations a blighted world with land made unusable by this deadly military garbage.”
Thousands of people have been killed and maimed in Myanmar(Burma)
by anti-personnel mines
and other explosive remnants of war
These weapons also represent a danger to the Asian elephants which cross the Myanmar/Thailand border. The documentary The Eyes of Thailand (warning: the trailer includes some graphic images of landmine injury to elephants)
chronicles the efforts of Friends of the Asian elephant to fit prosthetic legs for elephants Mosha and Motala. Windy Borman, the film’s director and producer, says, “separately from, ‘We need to protect Asian elephants,’ and ‘We want to encourage other countries to sign the mine ban treaty,’ the film really forces you to look at what people are telling you is impossible. Because 10 years ago it was considered impossible to build a prosthetic for an elephant.” The Eyes of Thailand
premiered at the International Wildlife Film Festival
, but is still looking for a distributer.