This morning, Crave is happy to bring news that will please two groups of people: elephant fans and body-mod prosthetics fetishists (welcome back!).
It doesn't start happily, though. Motala is a 48-year-old former working elephant from Thailand (she moved large trees for a living). In 1999, while wandering in the forest looking for food on her lunch break, she stepped on a hidden land mine left over from the Burmese-Thai war. The mine destroyed her left front foot and most of the leg.
Though her owners tried to save the leg, it was eventually amputated below the knee. (No, it did not end up in a kebab shop. Bad readers.) In 2006, she received a temporary prosthesis to help her learn to walk on what would be a more permanent artificial leg.
This week, Motala was fitted for that leg in Thailand, according to the conservation group Friends of the Asian Elephant. It's a state-of-the-art upgrade to the temporary prosthesis she's had for the last three years. Early reports show she's taking to it well, which is fantastic -- watch the video below. Hopefully she'll have a long and happy retirement -- although if she gets bored, she'd make a wonderful pirate.