Three months ago, a baby elephant from Thailand accidentally stepped into a trap laid by local farmers to protect their crops and was found hobbling alone by villagers after being separated from her mother.
The then three-month-old baby elephant was rushed to an animal hospital a few hours away and underwent surgery where her foot had to be amputated and was brought to her new home at a zoo.“We named her Clear Sky Up Ahead because that is what she will need while she is with us,” said Kampon Tansacha, the zoo’s director.
Now, Clear Sky is learning how to walk again with the help of hydrotherapy since the muscles in her front leg have weakened. “She is still a bit nervous and scared of the water. But is she can do this regularly she will have fun. By her fourth or fifth session, she will enjoy swimming more. She’s just a baby, that’s why she’s a bit scared at first but, by nature, elephants love the water,” Vet Padet said.
Clear Sky still has about two more months of hydrotherapy but has already made huge improvements, and the team hopes she won’t need an artificial leg to support her weight.
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[Featured image: Roberto Schmidt/AFP]