I’ve got my Nelly boots on! Elephant enjoys a walk with its prosthetic leg after losing a limb to a poacher’s snare trap

Elephant

T̲h̲e̲s̲e̲ ̲h̲e̲a̲r̲t̲w̲a̲r̲m̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲p̲i̲c̲t̲u̲r̲e̲s̲ ̲s̲h̲o̲w̲ ̲h̲o̲w̲ ̲a̲n̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲w̲h̲o̲ ̲l̲o̲s̲t̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲a̲ ̲p̲o̲a̲c̲h̲e̲r̲’̲s̲ ̲s̲n̲a̲r̲e̲ ̲t̲r̲a̲p̲ ̲h̲a̲s̲ ̲e̲m̲b̲r̲a̲c̲e̲d̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲n̲e̲w̲ ̲l̲i̲f̲e̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲ ̲a̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲ ̲l̲i̲m̲b̲.̲
C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲f̲o̲u̲n̲d̲ ̲c̲l̲o̲s̲e̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲d̲e̲a̲t̲h̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲a̲ ̲C̲a̲m̲b̲o̲d̲i̲a̲n̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲e̲s̲t̲ ̲w̲h̲e̲n̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲l̲e̲s̲s̲ ̲t̲h̲a̲n̲ ̲t̲w̲o̲ ̲y̲e̲a̲r̲s̲ ̲o̲l̲d̲,̲ ̲s̲e̲v̲e̲r̲e̲l̲y̲ ̲m̲a̲l̲n̲o̲u̲r̲i̲s̲h̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲n̲u̲r̲s̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲i̲n̲f̲e̲c̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲w̲o̲u̲n̲d̲.̲
̲H̲e̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲r̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲d̲ ̲b̲y̲ ̲a̲ ̲w̲i̲l̲d̲l̲i̲f̲e̲ ̲w̲o̲r̲k̲e̲r̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲t̲a̲k̲e̲n̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲l̲i̲v̲e̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲a̲n̲ ̲o̲u̲t̲d̲o̲o̲r̲ ̲e̲n̲c̲l̲o̲s̲u̲r̲e̲ ̲w̲h̲e̲r̲e̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲f̲i̲t̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲ ̲a̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲ ̲b̲y̲ ̲C̲a̲m̲b̲o̲d̲i̲a̲n̲ ̲m̲e̲d̲i̲c̲s̲.̲
̲A̲ ̲d̲e̲c̲a̲d̲e̲ ̲l̲a̲t̲e̲r̲,̲ ̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲’̲s̲ ̲r̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲r̲s̲ ̲s̲a̲y̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲s̲i̲s̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲s̲o̲ ̲c̲o̲m̲f̲o̲r̲t̲a̲b̲l̲e̲ ̲t̲h̲a̲t̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲b̲e̲c̲o̲m̲e̲s̲ ̲a̲n̲g̲r̲y̲ ̲i̲f̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲c̲a̲n̲n̲o̲t̲ ̲w̲e̲a̲r̲ ̲i̲t̲.̲

Chhouk the elephant walks with his prosthetic left leg, which was fitted by medics in Cambodia after he lost the limb to a poacher's snare trap and was left severely malnourished in a forest
̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲w̲a̲l̲k̲s̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲ ̲l̲e̲f̲t̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲,̲ ̲w̲h̲i̲c̲h̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲f̲i̲t̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲b̲y̲ ̲m̲e̲d̲i̲c̲s̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲C̲a̲m̲b̲o̲d̲i̲a̲ ̲a̲f̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲l̲o̲s̲t̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲l̲i̲m̲b̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲a̲ ̲p̲o̲a̲c̲h̲e̲r̲’̲s̲ ̲s̲n̲a̲r̲e̲ ̲t̲r̲a̲p̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲l̲e̲f̲t̲ ̲s̲e̲v̲e̲r̲e̲l̲y̲ ̲m̲a̲l̲n̲o̲u̲r̲i̲s̲h̲e̲d̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲a̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲e̲s̲t̲

Chhouk having an X-ray in which his missing limb is visible after he lost it to a snare trap, the constriction cutting off the blood sufficiently to kill the flesh below
̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲h̲a̲v̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲a̲n̲ ̲X̲-̲r̲a̲y̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲w̲h̲i̲c̲h̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲m̲i̲s̲s̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲l̲i̲m̲b̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲v̲i̲s̲i̲b̲l̲e̲ ̲a̲f̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲l̲o̲s̲t̲ ̲i̲t̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲a̲ ̲s̲n̲a̲r̲e̲ ̲t̲r̲a̲p̲,̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲c̲o̲n̲s̲t̲r̲i̲c̲t̲i̲o̲n̲ ̲c̲u̲t̲t̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲o̲f̲f̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲b̲l̲o̲o̲d̲ ̲s̲u̲f̲f̲i̲c̲i̲e̲n̲t̲l̲y̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲k̲i̲l̲l̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲f̲l̲e̲s̲h̲ ̲b̲e̲l̲o̲w̲

Chhouk being fitted with his prosthetic leg which was supplied by the Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics
̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲b̲e̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲f̲i̲t̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲ ̲w̲h̲i̲c̲h̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲s̲u̲p̲p̲l̲i̲e̲d̲ ̲b̲y̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲C̲a̲m̲b̲o̲d̲i̲a̲n̲ ̲S̲c̲h̲o̲o̲l̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲P̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲s̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲O̲r̲t̲h̲o̲t̲i̲c̲s̲

Chhouk taking a dip in the pool as another elephant stands by the side of the water. Carers say that the rescued elephant spends his day with another elephant called Lucky in his large outdoor enclosure
̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲t̲a̲k̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲a̲ ̲d̲i̲p̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲p̲o̲o̲l̲ ̲a̲s̲ ̲a̲n̲o̲t̲h̲e̲r̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲s̲t̲a̲n̲d̲s̲ ̲b̲y̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲s̲i̲d̲e̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲w̲a̲t̲e̲r̲.̲ ̲C̲a̲r̲e̲r̲s̲ ̲s̲a̲y̲ ̲t̲h̲a̲t̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲r̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲d̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲s̲p̲e̲n̲d̲s̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲d̲a̲y̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲ ̲a̲n̲o̲t̲h̲e̲r̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲c̲a̲l̲l̲e̲d̲ ̲L̲u̲c̲k̲y̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲l̲a̲r̲g̲e̲ ̲o̲u̲t̲d̲o̲o̲r̲ ̲e̲n̲c̲l̲o̲s̲u̲r̲e̲

̲N̲i̲c̲k̲ ̲M̲a̲r̲x̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲W̲i̲l̲d̲l̲i̲f̲e̲ ̲A̲l̲l̲i̲a̲n̲c̲e̲ ̲R̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲C̲a̲r̲e̲,̲ ̲w̲h̲o̲ ̲i̲n̲i̲t̲i̲a̲l̲l̲y̲ ̲c̲a̲r̲e̲d̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲ ̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲e̲s̲t̲ ̲a̲f̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲f̲i̲n̲d̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲h̲i̲m̲ ̲a̲ ̲d̲e̲c̲a̲d̲e̲ ̲a̲g̲o̲,̲ ̲s̲a̲i̲d̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲h̲a̲d̲ ̲s̲e̲e̲m̲e̲d̲ ̲’̲s̲u̲r̲e̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲d̲i̲e̲’̲ ̲w̲h̲e̲n̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲f̲o̲u̲n̲d̲ ̲h̲i̲m̲.̲

̲’̲H̲e̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲a̲ ̲b̲a̲d̲ ̲w̲a̲y̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲s̲e̲e̲m̲e̲d̲ ̲s̲u̲r̲e̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲d̲i̲e̲.̲ ̲H̲e̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲b̲a̲d̲l̲y̲ ̲i̲n̲j̲u̲r̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲s̲o̲ ̲v̲e̲r̲y̲ ̲t̲h̲i̲n̲.̲ ̲I̲t̲ ̲s̲e̲e̲m̲e̲d̲ ̲o̲n̲l̲y̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲f̲i̲g̲h̲t̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲s̲p̲i̲r̲i̲t̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲k̲e̲e̲p̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲h̲i̲m̲ ̲u̲p̲r̲i̲g̲h̲t̲,̲’̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲s̲a̲i̲d̲.̲
̲’̲T̲h̲e̲ ̲W̲W̲F̲ ̲t̲e̲a̲m̲ ̲h̲a̲d̲ ̲c̲a̲p̲t̲u̲r̲e̲d̲ ̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲,̲ ̲m̲e̲a̲n̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲L̲o̲t̲u̲s̲,̲ ̲n̲a̲m̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲f̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲i̲r̲ ̲p̲a̲t̲r̲o̲l̲ ̲s̲t̲a̲t̲i̲o̲n̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲h̲a̲d̲ ̲t̲e̲t̲h̲e̲r̲e̲d̲ ̲h̲i̲m̲ ̲a̲r̲o̲u̲n̲d̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲n̲e̲c̲k̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲a̲ ̲t̲r̲e̲e̲ ̲-̲ ̲a̲ ̲s̲e̲n̲s̲i̲b̲l̲e̲ ̲d̲e̲c̲i̲s̲i̲o̲n̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲s̲t̲o̲p̲ ̲h̲i̲m̲ ̲w̲a̲n̲d̲e̲r̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲o̲f̲f̲.̲’̲
̲T̲h̲e̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲s̲e̲d̲a̲t̲e̲d̲,̲ ̲t̲r̲e̲a̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲i̲n̲j̲u̲r̲e̲d̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲ ̲b̲a̲n̲d̲a̲g̲e̲d̲ ̲b̲e̲f̲o̲r̲e̲ ̲b̲e̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲t̲r̲a̲n̲s̲p̲o̲r̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲P̲h̲n̲o̲m̲ ̲T̲a̲m̲a̲o̲ ̲t̲h̲r̲o̲u̲g̲h̲ ̲a̲ ̲t̲r̲e̲a̲c̲h̲e̲r̲o̲u̲s̲ ̲t̲r̲a̲c̲k̲ ̲o̲u̲t̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲e̲s̲t̲.̲̲’̲I̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲e̲x̲t̲r̲e̲m̲e̲l̲y̲ ̲w̲o̲r̲r̲i̲e̲d̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲t̲r̲a̲c̲k̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲r̲o̲c̲k̲y̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲u̲n̲d̲u̲l̲a̲t̲i̲n̲g̲.̲ ̲I̲f̲ ̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲f̲e̲l̲l̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲c̲o̲u̲l̲d̲ ̲i̲n̲j̲u̲r̲e̲ ̲h̲i̲m̲s̲e̲l̲f̲ ̲f̲u̲r̲t̲h̲e̲r̲,̲’̲ ̲N̲i̲c̲k̲ ̲s̲a̲i̲d̲.̲

2007: Chhouk is tethered to a tree for his own protection after he was found in the Cambodian forest when he was less than two years old, severely malnourished and nursing an infected wound
̲2̲0̲0̲7̲:̲ ̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲t̲e̲t̲h̲e̲r̲e̲d̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲a̲ ̲t̲r̲e̲e̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲o̲w̲n̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲t̲e̲c̲t̲i̲o̲n̲ ̲a̲f̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲f̲o̲u̲n̲d̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲C̲a̲m̲b̲o̲d̲i̲a̲n̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲e̲s̲t̲ ̲w̲h̲e̲n̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲l̲e̲s̲s̲ ̲t̲h̲a̲n̲ ̲t̲w̲o̲ ̲y̲e̲a̲r̲s̲ ̲o̲l̲d̲,̲ ̲s̲e̲v̲e̲r̲e̲l̲y̲ ̲m̲a̲l̲n̲o̲u̲r̲i̲s̲h̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲n̲u̲r̲s̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲a̲n̲ ̲i̲n̲f̲e̲c̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲w̲o̲u̲n̲d̲

2007: A rescuer with a younger Chhouk in the Cambodian forest where he was found after losing his leg to a poacher
̲2̲0̲0̲7̲:̲ ̲A̲ ̲r̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲r̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲ ̲a̲ ̲y̲o̲u̲n̲g̲e̲r̲ ̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲C̲a̲m̲b̲o̲d̲i̲a̲n̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲e̲s̲t̲ ̲w̲h̲e̲r̲e̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲f̲o̲u̲n̲d̲ ̲a̲f̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲l̲o̲s̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲a̲ ̲p̲o̲a̲c̲h̲e̲r̲

Chhouk's injury after he was trapped by a poacher's snare. After he was rescued, the skin on his stump healed
̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲’̲s̲ ̲i̲n̲j̲u̲r̲y̲ ̲a̲f̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲t̲r̲a̲p̲p̲e̲d̲ ̲b̲y̲ ̲a̲ ̲p̲o̲a̲c̲h̲e̲r̲’̲s̲ ̲s̲n̲a̲r̲e̲.̲ ̲A̲f̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲r̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲d̲,̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲s̲k̲i̲n̲ ̲o̲n̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲s̲t̲u̲m̲p̲ ̲h̲e̲a̲l̲e̲d̲

C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲e̲v̲e̲n̲t̲u̲a̲l̲l̲y̲ ̲l̲i̲f̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲i̲n̲t̲o̲ ̲o̲n̲e̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲s̲t̲a̲l̲l̲s̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲h̲o̲u̲s̲e̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲W̲i̲l̲d̲l̲i̲f̲e̲ ̲A̲l̲l̲i̲a̲n̲c̲e̲ ̲R̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲C̲a̲r̲e̲,̲ ̲h̲a̲v̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲l̲o̲s̲t̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲b̲o̲t̲t̲o̲m̲ ̲p̲a̲r̲t̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲a̲ ̲p̲o̲a̲c̲h̲e̲r̲’̲s̲ ̲s̲n̲a̲r̲e̲ ̲t̲r̲a̲p̲.̲
̲’̲W̲e̲ ̲s̲e̲d̲a̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲h̲i̲m̲ ̲e̲a̲c̲h̲ ̲w̲e̲e̲k̲,̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲w̲o̲u̲n̲d̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲c̲l̲e̲a̲n̲e̲d̲,̲ ̲s̲m̲a̲l̲l̲ ̲f̲r̲a̲g̲m̲e̲n̲t̲s̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲b̲o̲n̲e̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲d̲a̲m̲a̲g̲e̲d̲ ̲t̲i̲s̲s̲u̲e̲ ̲w̲e̲r̲e̲ ̲r̲e̲m̲o̲v̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲r̲e̲-̲b̲a̲n̲d̲a̲g̲e̲,̲’̲ ̲s̲a̲i̲d̲ ̲N̲i̲c̲k̲.̲

‘̲T̲h̲e̲ ̲h̲e̲a̲l̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲p̲o̲w̲e̲r̲s̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲w̲i̲l̲d̲ ̲a̲n̲i̲m̲a̲l̲s̲ ̲c̲a̲n̲ ̲b̲e̲ ̲a̲m̲a̲z̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲e̲a̲c̲h̲ ̲w̲e̲e̲k̲ ̲w̲h̲e̲n̲ ̲w̲e̲ ̲u̲n̲d̲r̲e̲s̲s̲e̲d̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲ ̲w̲e̲ ̲c̲o̲u̲l̲d̲ ̲a̲l̲m̲o̲s̲t̲ ̲s̲e̲e̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲s̲k̲i̲n̲ ̲r̲e̲-̲g̲r̲o̲w̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲d̲o̲w̲n̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲a̲r̲o̲u̲n̲d̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲u̲n̲d̲e̲r̲-̲s̲i̲d̲e̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲r̲e̲m̲a̲i̲n̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲s̲t̲u̲m̲p̲ ̲u̲n̲t̲i̲l̲ ̲i̲t̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲c̲o̲m̲p̲l̲e̲t̲e̲l̲y̲ ̲h̲e̲a̲l̲e̲d̲,̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲s̲k̲i̲n̲ ̲f̲i̲n̲a̲l̲l̲y̲ ̲c̲o̲v̲e̲r̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲e̲n̲t̲i̲r̲e̲ ̲a̲r̲e̲a̲ ̲o̲n̲c̲e̲ ̲a̲g̲a̲i̲n̲.̲’̲

C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲h̲a̲s̲ ̲s̲i̲n̲c̲e̲ ̲b̲e̲e̲n̲ ̲g̲i̲v̲e̲n̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲s̲ ̲b̲y̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲C̲a̲m̲b̲o̲d̲i̲a̲n̲ ̲S̲c̲h̲o̲o̲l̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲P̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲s̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲O̲r̲t̲h̲o̲t̲i̲c̲s̲ ̲(̲C̲S̲P̲O̲)̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲h̲e̲l̲p̲ ̲h̲i̲m̲ ̲w̲a̲l̲k̲.̲

H̲i̲s̲ ̲r̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲r̲s̲ ̲n̲o̲w̲ ̲s̲a̲y̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲s̲o̲ ̲u̲s̲e̲d̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲s̲i̲s̲ ̲t̲h̲a̲t̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲b̲e̲c̲o̲m̲e̲s̲ ̲’̲u̲n̲c̲o̲m̲f̲o̲r̲t̲a̲b̲l̲e̲’̲ ̲i̲f̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲p̲r̲e̲v̲e̲n̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲f̲r̲o̲m̲ ̲w̲e̲a̲r̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲i̲t̲.̲

‘H̲e̲ ̲g̲e̲t̲s̲ ̲a̲n̲g̲r̲y̲ ̲i̲f̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲c̲a̲n̲n̲o̲t̲ ̲w̲e̲a̲r̲ ̲i̲t̲.̲ ̲I̲f̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲g̲e̲t̲s̲ ̲a̲ ̲s̲o̲r̲e̲ ̲o̲n̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲s̲t̲u̲m̲p̲,̲ ̲w̲h̲i̲c̲h̲ ̲h̲a̲p̲p̲e̲n̲s̲ ̲n̲o̲w̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲a̲g̲a̲i̲n̲ ̲d̲u̲e̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲f̲r̲i̲c̲t̲i̲o̲n̲ ̲o̲r̲ ̲d̲i̲r̲t̲ ̲g̲e̲t̲t̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲i̲n̲s̲i̲d̲e̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲s̲h̲o̲e̲,̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲c̲a̲n̲n̲o̲t̲ ̲w̲e̲a̲r̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲s̲i̲s̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲g̲e̲t̲s̲ ̲i̲r̲r̲i̲t̲a̲b̲l̲e̲,̲’̲ ̲s̲a̲i̲d̲ ̲N̲i̲c̲k̲.̲

Chhouk walking with his prosthetic leg at his outdoor enclosure in Cambodia. Rescuers say he is fed a regular diet of leaves, branches, cane tips, bananas, grass, or coconuts
C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲w̲a̲l̲k̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲ ̲a̲t̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲o̲u̲t̲d̲o̲o̲r̲ ̲e̲n̲c̲l̲o̲s̲u̲r̲e̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲C̲a̲m̲b̲o̲d̲i̲a̲.̲ ̲R̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲r̲s̲ ̲s̲a̲y̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲f̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲ ̲r̲e̲g̲u̲l̲a̲r̲ ̲d̲i̲e̲t̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲l̲e̲a̲v̲e̲s̲,̲ ̲b̲r̲a̲n̲c̲h̲e̲s̲,̲ ̲c̲a̲n̲e̲ ̲t̲i̲p̲s̲,̲ ̲b̲a̲n̲a̲n̲a̲s̲,̲ ̲g̲r̲a̲s̲s̲,̲ ̲o̲r̲ c̲o̲c̲o̲n̲u̲t̲s̲

The prosthetics which animal rescuers have fitted to Chhouk's leg. Every evening his damaged leg is inspected again, the shoe changed and he is inside for the night for his own safety
T̲h̲e̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲s̲ ̲w̲h̲i̲c̲h̲ ̲a̲n̲i̲m̲a̲l̲ ̲r̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲r̲s̲ ̲h̲a̲v̲e̲ ̲f̲i̲t̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲’̲s̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲.̲ ̲E̲v̲e̲r̲y̲ ̲e̲v̲e̲n̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲d̲a̲m̲a̲g̲e̲d̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲i̲n̲s̲p̲e̲c̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲g̲a̲i̲n̲,̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲s̲h̲o̲e̲ ̲c̲h̲a̲n̲g̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲i̲n̲s̲i̲d̲e̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ n̲i̲g̲h̲t̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲o̲w̲n̲ ̲s̲a̲f̲e̲t̲y̲

Rescuers work on fitting Chhouk's prosthetics which he is now so used to wearing that he becomes angry without them
R̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲r̲s̲ ̲w̲o̲r̲k̲ ̲o̲n̲ ̲f̲i̲t̲t̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲’̲s̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲s̲ ̲w̲h̲i̲c̲h̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲n̲o̲w̲ ̲s̲o̲ ̲u̲s̲e̲d̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲w̲e̲a̲r̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲t̲h̲a̲t̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲b̲e̲c̲o̲m̲e̲s̲ ̲a̲n̲g̲r̲y̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲o̲u̲t̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲m̲

T̲h̲e̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲s̲ ̲n̲o̲w̲ ̲h̲a̲v̲e̲ ̲a̲ ̲n̲e̲w̲ ̲d̲e̲s̲i̲g̲n̲ ̲w̲h̲i̲c̲h̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲’̲l̲i̲g̲h̲t̲e̲r̲,̲ ̲s̲t̲r̲o̲n̲g̲e̲r̲,̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲q̲u̲i̲c̲k̲e̲r̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲ ̲o̲u̲r̲ ̲s̲t̲a̲f̲f̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲c̲h̲a̲n̲g̲e̲,̲ ̲s̲a̲i̲d̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲c̲h̲a̲r̲i̲t̲y̲ ̲w̲o̲r̲k̲e̲r̲.̲
̲’̲T̲h̲e̲ ̲n̲e̲w̲ ̲s̲h̲o̲e̲ ̲q̲u̲i̲c̲k̲l̲y̲ ̲g̲o̲t̲ ̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲’̲s̲ ̲a̲p̲p̲r̲o̲v̲a̲l̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲w̲a̲s̲ ̲r̲u̲n̲n̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲a̲r̲o̲u̲n̲d̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲e̲n̲c̲l̲o̲s̲u̲r̲e̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲i̲n̲ ̲m̲i̲n̲u̲t̲e̲s̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲t̲r̲y̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲o̲n̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲n̲e̲w̲ ̲s̲h̲o̲e̲,̲’̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲s̲a̲i̲d̲.̲
̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲l̲i̲v̲e̲s̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲a̲n̲ ̲o̲u̲t̲d̲o̲o̲r̲ ̲e̲n̲c̲l̲o̲s̲u̲r̲e̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲l̲e̲t̲ ̲o̲u̲t̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲s̲t̲a̲l̲l̲ ̲e̲a̲c̲h̲ ̲m̲o̲r̲n̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲t̲h̲r̲o̲u̲g̲h̲o̲u̲t̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲d̲a̲y̲,̲ ̲w̲h̲i̲l̲e̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲t̲w̲o̲ ̲c̲a̲r̲e̲t̲a̲k̲e̲r̲s̲ ̲l̲o̲o̲k̲ ̲a̲f̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲d̲a̲i̲l̲y̲ ̲n̲e̲e̲d̲s̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲t̲a̲k̲e̲ ̲c̲a̲r̲e̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲f̲o̲o̲t̲.̲
̲I̲n̲ ̲a̲d̲d̲i̲t̲i̲o̲n̲,̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲f̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲ ̲r̲e̲g̲u̲l̲a̲r̲ ̲d̲i̲e̲t̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲l̲e̲a̲v̲e̲s̲,̲ ̲b̲r̲a̲n̲c̲h̲e̲s̲,̲ ̲c̲a̲n̲e̲ ̲t̲i̲p̲s̲,̲ ̲b̲a̲n̲a̲n̲a̲s̲,̲ ̲g̲r̲a̲s̲s̲,̲ ̲o̲r̲ ̲c̲o̲c̲o̲n̲u̲t̲s̲.̲
̲’̲H̲e ̲i̲s̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲f̲i̲r̲s̲t̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲C̲a̲m̲b̲o̲d̲i̲a̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲r̲e̲c̲e̲i̲v̲e̲ ̲a̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲s̲i̲s̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲c̲e̲l̲e̲b̲r̲a̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲s̲ ̲a̲ ̲s̲u̲c̲c̲e̲s̲s̲f̲u̲l̲ ̲r̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲ ̲s̲t̲o̲r̲y̲,̲’̲ ̲N̲i̲c̲k̲ ̲s̲a̲i̲d̲.̲

̲’̲O̲u̲r̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲k̲e̲e̲p̲e̲r̲s̲ ̲h̲a̲v̲e̲ ̲t̲r̲a̲i̲n̲e̲d̲ ̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲u̲s̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲o̲n̲l̲y̲ ̲r̲e̲w̲a̲r̲d̲-̲b̲a̲s̲e̲d̲ ̲p̲o̲s̲i̲t̲i̲v̲e̲ ̲r̲e̲i̲n̲f̲o̲r̲c̲e̲m̲e̲n̲t̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲o̲r̲d̲e̲r̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲e̲f̲f̲e̲c̲t̲i̲v̲e̲l̲y̲ ̲c̲h̲a̲n̲g̲e̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲.̲
̲’̲H̲e̲ ̲w̲i̲l̲l̲ ̲n̲o̲t̲ ̲b̲e̲ ̲f̲e̲d̲ ̲u̲n̲t̲i̲l̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲s̲h̲o̲e̲ ̲h̲a̲s̲ ̲b̲e̲e̲n̲ ̲c̲h̲a̲n̲g̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲s̲ ̲w̲e̲ ̲n̲e̲e̲d̲ ̲h̲i̲m̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲b̲e̲ ̲a̲ ̲l̲i̲t̲t̲l̲e̲ ̲h̲u̲n̲g̲r̲y̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲ ̲h̲i̲m̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲d̲o̲ ̲a̲s̲ ̲w̲e̲ ̲r̲e̲q̲u̲i̲r̲e̲.̲’̲

‘̲H̲e̲ ̲s̲p̲e̲n̲d̲s̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲d̲a̲y̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲ ̲L̲u̲c̲k̲y̲ ̲(̲a̲n̲o̲t̲h̲e̲r̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲)̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲l̲a̲r̲g̲e̲ ̲o̲u̲t̲s̲i̲d̲e̲ ̲e̲n̲c̲l̲o̲s̲u̲r̲e̲.̲ ̲I̲n̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲e̲v̲e̲n̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲d̲a̲m̲a̲g̲e̲d̲ ̲l̲e̲g̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲i̲n̲s̲p̲e̲c̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲g̲a̲i̲n̲,̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲s̲h̲o̲e̲ ̲c̲h̲a̲n̲g̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲h̲e̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲i̲n̲s̲i̲d̲e̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ n̲i̲g̲h̲t̲ ̲f̲o̲r̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲o̲w̲n̲ ̲s̲a̲f̲e̲t̲y̲.̲’̲

Chhouk is let out of his night stall each morning and throughout the day, while his two caretakers look after his daily needs and take care of his foot (they are pictured fitting his prosthetics)
̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲l̲e̲t̲ ̲o̲u̲t̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲n̲i̲g̲h̲t̲ ̲s̲t̲a̲l̲l̲ ̲e̲a̲c̲h̲ ̲m̲o̲r̲n̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲t̲h̲r̲o̲u̲g̲h̲o̲u̲t̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲d̲a̲y̲,̲ ̲w̲h̲i̲l̲e̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲t̲w̲o̲ ̲c̲a̲r̲e̲t̲a̲k̲e̲r̲s̲ ̲l̲o̲o̲k̲ ̲a̲f̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲d̲a̲i̲l̲y̲ ̲n̲e̲e̲d̲s̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲t̲a̲k̲e̲ ̲c̲a̲r̲e̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲f̲o̲o̲t̲ ̲(̲t̲h̲e̲y̲ ̲a̲r̲e̲ p̲i̲c̲t̲u̲r̲e̲d̲ ̲f̲i̲t̲t̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲h̲i̲s̲ ̲p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲t̲i̲c̲s̲)̲

Rescuers say that Chhouk (pictured) is 'celebrated as a successful rescue story' after becoming the first elephant in Cambodia to be successfully fitted with a prosthesis
R̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲r̲s̲ ̲s̲a̲y̲ ̲t̲h̲a̲t̲ ̲C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲(̲p̲i̲c̲t̲u̲r̲e̲d̲)̲ ̲i̲s̲ ̲’̲c̲e̲l̲e̲b̲r̲a̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲a̲s̲ ̲a̲ ̲s̲u̲c̲c̲e̲s̲s̲f̲u̲l̲ ̲r̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲ ̲s̲t̲o̲r̲y̲’̲ ̲a̲f̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲b̲e̲c̲o̲m̲i̲n̲g̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲f̲i̲r̲s̲t̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲ ̲i̲n̲ ̲C̲a̲m̲b̲o̲d̲i̲a̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲b̲e̲ ̲s̲u̲c̲c̲e̲s̲s̲f̲u̲l̲l̲y̲ ̲f̲i̲t̲t̲e̲d̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲ ̲a̲ p̲r̲o̲s̲t̲h̲e̲s̲i̲s̲

Chhouk with Tam, one of the Wildlife Alliance Rescue and Care team which helps to look after the elephant
C̲h̲h̲o̲u̲k̲ ̲w̲i̲t̲h̲ ̲T̲a̲m̲,̲ ̲o̲n̲e̲ ̲o̲f̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲W̲i̲l̲d̲l̲i̲f̲e̲ ̲A̲l̲l̲i̲a̲n̲c̲e̲ ̲R̲e̲s̲c̲u̲e̲ ̲a̲n̲d̲ ̲C̲a̲r̲e̲ ̲t̲e̲a̲m̲ ̲w̲h̲i̲c̲h̲ ̲h̲e̲l̲p̲s̲ ̲t̲o̲ ̲l̲o̲o̲k̲ ̲a̲f̲t̲e̲r̲ ̲t̲h̲e̲ ̲e̲l̲e̲p̲h̲a̲n̲t̲

B̲y:̲ T̲I̲M̲ ̲S̲T̲I̲C̲K̲I̲N̲G̲S̲ ̲F̲O̲R̲ ̲M̲A̲I̲L̲O̲N̲L̲I̲N̲E̲

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