The Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital, in Lampang, Thailand was the world’s first elephant hospital. Dr Therdchai Jivacate operated on a young elephant to provide it with a prosthesis. If elephants can’t get up on their feet to walk they will die, so it is very important to fit them with a prosthesis.
You can imagine how different this must be to fitting a human with a leg or arm. The sheer weight of the elephant makes it a very difficult operation but there have been many successes.
Dedicated carers must look after the elephants 24 hours a day in the initial weeks.
You can read more about the work of the hospital by just googling Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital.