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Elephant Gets Prosthesis (VIDEO)

Elephant Gets Prosthesis (VIDEO)

 

In 2007, a young abandoned elephant was found wondering in the Cambodian wilderness, the apparent victim of poachers.  Not only was he starving, but the elephant, who came to be named Chhouk, was missing his left front foot.  The most likely scenario is it had been caught in a snare trap.

Taken to a wildlife rescue center, Chhouk was provided veterinary care, appropriate nutrition and fitted for a prosthetic foot.  As the video indicates, Chhouk started to walk quickly the first time he donned his prosthesis.

I can only imagine what he must have felt to have proper balance and ambulation capability once again.  Since he is so young, Chhouk will need a new prosthetic foot every year until he is fully grown.  Elephant males are considered adults by the time they reach 20 years of age.

To date, Chhouk has had four prostheses made for him. He will no doubt continue to thrive in the loving environment he now calls home.

Elephant poaching is a cruel practice where humans hunt wild elephants for their ivory tusks and other body parts to sell on the black market.  Many poachers set snare traps to catch elephants.

Elephants in Crisis.org is one group that is working to help end elephant exploitation, slavery and poaching. Their website states that elephants could be extinct by the year 2020 if poaching continues at today’s rate of about 4,000 elephants per year. The desire for jewelry and other treasures to be carved from the ivory of elephant tusks continues to fuel poaching and elephant cruelty.

“Elephants are living treasures.  Nature’s gardeners.  Nature’s great teachers.  Tragically some people don’t give a damn.  They prefer the dead treasure to the living one. The ivory. We must change this so called ‘trade’ with all our might and shame on those who would condone it.”

~ Virginia McKenna, Founder and Trustee Born Free Foundation

How You Can Help

Like with any market, supply and demand is the law of the jungle.  So please help spread the word about the cruelty of elephant poaching.  Information can be a powerful tool in helping people change their habits.

Sign the Care2 petition and the Blood Ivory Campaign petition.

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Photo credit: screen shot of YouTube video

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7:11AM PST on Nov 23, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:16PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Thanks

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1:47PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Wonderful news, Thank you!

1:46PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Wonderful news, Thank you!

1:46PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Wonderful news, Thank you!

1:46PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Wonderful news, Thank you!

1:46PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Wonderful news, Thank you!

3:45PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Cchouk i am so happy that you are happy,walking again....

3:00PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

Remember: dodos once lived on their own private island, but were consumed to extinction as soon as man showed up there- too delicious and easy to catch. Sea turtles are being made into soup and now there is elephant sushi at restaurants? If we continue on this path of eating other species into extinction, eventually we'll be getting into Soylent Green territory.

6:09PM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Thank you.

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