Motala is a 50 year old elephant from Thailand who lost her front left leg in 1999 after stepping on a land mine that was left over from the Burmese-Thai war. When the accident occurred Motala was a working elephant who moved trees and was wandering through the forest looking for food on her lunch break.
Unfortunately Motala’s leg was so badly damaged that it had to be amputated below the knee. It wasn’t until 2006 that she was able to receive her first artificial leg, and then not until 2009 that Motala received her first permanent prosthesis. It took tremendous effort to get a prosthetic leg for Motala as there had never been one made for an elephant before.
Since prosthetic legs must be changed according to weight, Motala just recently received a new one.
The inspirational video below from the documentary “The Eyes of Thailand” shows the amazing moment when Motala took her first few steps on her first prosthetic leg.
For more information check out the documentary The Eyes of Thailand (trailer below). The film “tells the amazing true story of Soraida Salwala, a passionate woman who dedicated ten years of her life to help two elephant land mine survivors walk again.”