Thailand 06 Jul 2015 00:00
In 1993, Soraida Salwala opened the World’s First Asian Elephant Hospital. Located in the Mae Yao National Reserve of Lampang, Thailand, the Friends of Asian Elephant (FAE) is a 200-acre facility that includes elephant infirmaries, an operating area and a nursery for baby elephants. To date, Soraida and her staff have treated nearly 4,000 Asian Elephants for everything from illnesses, knife wounds, gunshot wounds, car accidents, logging accidents and landmines. Since it opened, FAE has treated 15 elephant landmine victims. In 2008, Baby Mosha received the world’s first elephant prosthetic. Mothala followed in 2009. On july 2015 a team from USA, lead by a veterinary, stayed in the hospital for three days to get the feet mold of the two injured elephant, Mothala and Mosha, in order to build them a new prothesis as the old one is getting to small.
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