During WW2 the German Army placed 1.4 million landmines on the south-west coast of Denmark as part of their defence line. Until recently approximately 10,000 remained in an out-of-bounds area on the peninsula. Amazing! Shifting sands, the drift of the sea and local wildlife made it difficult to clear the area.
The minefield was finally cleared in 2012.
Another good news story. Unfortunately the clearing work still goes on in many countries around the world.
What a great story of hope! Mozambique is set to declare itself the first heavily mined country in the world to be cleared of all known minefields. In 1997 people thought Mozambique would take a hundred years to demine, but it has been accomplished in less than 30. The key was the commitment of the government having a clear plan, doing it one area at a time, and the generosity of donors.
Read more here – http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/17/last-known-landmine-mozambique-destroyed
This information has just come in from Elephant Parade.
Mosha was only seven months old when she stepped on a land mine and lost her right foreleg. It was 2006, and the baby elephant’s mother was hauling logs for her owner with the baby walking peacefully by her side when the two crossed the border from northern Thailand into Myanmar. Now, at age nine, she needs a higher-level prosthetic — one that’s specially designed to withstand her 11,000 pounds and to help keep her agile and comfortable as she continues toward maturity.
Over the years, Mosha’s prosthetics have broken down and it is time for a new and improved pair of artificial limbs.
Animal Orthocare created new custom molds of her amputated leg in July, 2015. They will visit again and carefully fit Mosha with her new prosthetics.
Animal Orthocare help improve the mobility and comfort of these majestic animals as they try to live normal lives following their horrendous injuries.
You can see a video of their work at this address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msfYdur2tCg&utm_source=Elephant+Parade&utm_campaign=e41147931f-Mosha_and_Motala_need_new_Prosthetics9_11_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_de3bafa311-e41147931f-114837493
Derrick Campana from Animal Orthocare is a leading specialist in orthopaedic services for various types of animals. Derrick has over 10 years experience in custom external prosthetics and orthotics for animals using the latest technology and materials available. He has drastically improved the quality of life of many animals ranging from elephants to common house pets.