Pachyderm Gets New Prosthetic Leg

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    Thai Elephant Injured by Land Mine Gets Artificial Leg


    I'm confused, they shoot horses who come up lame, why not elephants who have lost legs to landmines? :confused: Or maybe we should start making prosthetic horse legs as well.

    I'm sorry, I just think this is wrong. What about the animals quality of life. :confused: Once they get a prosthetic leg they can't just be returned to the wild or resume life as a beast of burden. They become forever dependent upon man for their survival. :frown1:
     
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    Horses have a much different circulatory/muscular and nerve system then elephants...

    in fact, for such a strong, fast, majestic creature, horses are remarkably delicate where there legs are concerned.

    laminitis can be deadly...ultimately it is what doomed Barbaro...

    Laminitis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Equine leg problems are numerous and very serious
     
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    Horses are only worth something when they have good legs. That's why they shoot horses and not elephants.
     
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    Elephants are smarter and they keep them around for their memory.
     
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    Oh, come on there, NJQT, I expected alot more out of you than to be pessimistic about this. So the elephant now has a prosthetic leg. Better that than die from the mine, you know?
     
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    I guess living in the south has made me pessimistic.
     
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    I've read/heard somewhere that when a dog loses one of its legs, it completely forgets it ever had it in just a short period of time. Not sure if this is true or not, but if it is, I wonder if elephants are also the same way.
     
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    Of course not. Elephants never forget! :biggrin1::tongue:
     
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    There is also baby Mosha to think about.Without it's mother the baby stands a good chance of dying.
     
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    That's my NJQT!! Perhaps a tad pessimistic, but no less cute!:wink::kiss:
     
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    For starters, there are a hell of a lot more horses than elephants.

    Besides the circulatory problems involved with horses, it's often an economic decision to have them put down, because unless they're successful racehorses and you can breed from them, they ain't good for much other than pet food.

    Now, I'm not saying an elephant with a prosthetic limb is any more useful, but they can still be an attraction at, say, a sanctuary, whereas who's going to pay money to see a broken-down old nag?
     
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