A young elephant whose foot was ripped apart by a poacher’s trap is getting a second chance at walking thanks to a new prosthetic foot.
Chhouk was close to death when he was rescued in the Cambodian jungle four years ago. ”I really thought he would never make it,” said Nick Marx, the Wildlife Alliance’s Director of Wildlife Rescue and Care.”He was seriously injured. He was extremely young, emaciated and very, very sick.”
Marx got the Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics to build a prosthetics for Chhouk. “It’s changed his life,” he says. “From being a tired little chap who slept a lot when he went on his walks, he’s now lively and energetic. He never stops.”
Chhook lives in the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in Cambodia and is now on his fourth false foot because he’s growing out of them and his daily activities make for a lot of wear and tear.
To learn more about Chhouk, Wildlife Alliance, and to make a donation to Chhouk’s care, please visit WildlifeAlliance.org.