Elephant Hospital in Thailand

Collection with 25 media items created by vincenzo floramo

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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Lampang
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The female elephant Mosha with her Mahout.
The conductor often spends his life with the elephant and earns his life with it.

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Lampang
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The FAE Hospital was set up in 1993. It is the first in the world. Donations from the public and different institutions throughout the world help cover the high costs.

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Lampang
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The hospital founder, Soraida Salwala, taking care of Mosha while the doctor take a mold of her foot.

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Lampang
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Motala was the first elephant who arrived at the hospital with a landmine injury in 1999. News of her injury drew international attention and raised enough donations for FAE to develop a strategy on how to treat elephant landmine victims.

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Lampang
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Mosha's and Motala's casts for the new prosthetic limbs that will be developed by the team of doctor Derrick Campana, CEO of Animal Orthocare in Virginia, USA.

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Lampang
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Soraida Salwala whispers to the elephants of her hospital as if they were her own kids.

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Lampang
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Dr Derrick Campana and the vets from FAE cover Mosha's limb with fiberglass gauzes to create the cast for the mold of her new prosthesis.

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Lampang
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Mosha and her mahout relax after the vets made her cast. The white powder still on her body.

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Lampang
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A local assistant helps Dr Derrick Campana writing technical infos on the new cast.

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Lampang
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Motala is now 55 years old. She is the old lady of the hospital and is highly respected by other elephants of the FAE centre.

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Lampang
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Vets and assistants fit Mosha with her old artificial limb she will still use until she gets the new one.

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Lampang
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Elephants are the biggest animals Dr Derrick Campana has created an artificial limb for. He worked on llamas, cows and all kind of pets before.

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Lampang
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Mosha walks with her old artificial limb. She was only 7 months old when she stepped on a landmine. After surgey at the hospital she still could not walk and let herself fall into depression. The new limb brought her back to life.

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Lampang
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The hospital founder Soraida Salwala walking around the hospital and showing the facilities to some guests.

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Lampang
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FAE hospital provides free medical care elephants with a wide range of problems: from gunshot wounds to drug addiction for those elephants who have been exploited in the illegal logging industry.

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Lampang
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Boy is 26 and has spent his last 16 years with Faa, a female elephant. Together they work in a camp and teach other mahouts how to conduct these animals.

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Lampang
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The FAE centre provides care, accommodation and food to the mahouts. Usually, the treatments last for longtime and elephants and conductors have to spend long periods of time at the Hospital, far from their homes.

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Lampang
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A worker is preparing the food for on Elephant at the Lampang hospital. Managment costs of the hospital, including treatments and food for the animals, are around US$ 30,000 per month.

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Lampang
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Through the years, many vet students from Chiang Mai University have come to the Lampang Elephant hospital to do their internships.

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Lampang
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Staff from the hospital prepare a patient to get a drip on the ear. Elephants often come from the Thai-Myanmar border, mostly from Karen and Shan regions where these animals are still used in daily life as carriers.

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Lampang
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An intravenous feed in the back of the ear of an elephant with strong dehydration problems is glued to its skin and secured with tape.

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Lampang
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Elephants are gluttons and would eat all day if allowed to. Their diet at the hospital has to be stricktly controlled.

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Lampang
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The drip-feed has to be set higher than the animal. Vets and assistants need to climb ladders to reach a proper height.

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Lampang
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Soraida Salwala is now 60. She is been having health issues but is still fighting for elephants rights.

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Lampang
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Elephants are gluttons and would eat all day if allowed to. Their diet at the hospital has to be strictly controlled