Three-legged elephant turns cyborg

Three-legged Thai elephant Motola hobbles in to the elephant hospital on Saturday, leaves with a shiny new prosthetic leg on Sunday.

BBC News reports:

The elephant had been walking with the help of a temporary artificial leg made of canvas.


Motola was injured in 1999 while working at a logging camp along the Thai-Burmese border. Her front left foot was so badly damaged it had to be amputated.

Her permanent leg was made by the Prostheses Foundation.

If the artificial leg had been made from wood, she could have traveled the seven seas looking for booty and wenches, as the world’s first cyborg pirate pachyderm.

Via io9.


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