Armed wars between nations across the world, whether for geopolitical, ideological, racial, or religious reasons, claim the lives and integrity of hundreds of thousands of people, as well as countless animals who are part of the landscape where the events take place.
There are a considerable number of explosive mines planted underground between Thailand and Myanmar’s border, which have disfigured the limbs of hundreds of elephants passing through the region. Dr. Chloe Buiting, widely known as the Jungle Doctor, provides prostheses to these species.
This is an Australian-born veterinary specialist who is being internationally acclaimed for her efforts to restoring movement to these pachyderms, which have been victims of landmine explosions.
Several of these Thai species have been severely harmed by explosives. Many of them would have had to be killed if it hadn’t been for Dr. Buiting’s participation and efforts, as well as the cutting-edge technology available to develop these devices.
As a result, the effort of this great professional in favor of animal welfare is crucial. The veterinarian has been working at the Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) hospital in Chiang Mai for three years, accompanied by a group of colleagues.
Elephants have received free care and protection from this veterinary clinic. If there’s one thing the Jungle Doctor has learnt at this animal hospital, it’s how to make these amazing prosthesis.
“The hospital undertakes groundbreaking work, such as assisting elephants who have lost limbs due to landmines,” Chloe explained.
Elephants may learn to walk again with the help of these prosthetic legs, allowing them to enjoy a more comfortable life that they would not have been able to live otherwise.
“My time with them was an unforgettable experience,” Buiting remarked.
The prosthesis are not permanent, as the physician stated, because they are removed at night before going to bed. According to him, the procedure entails first dusting the limb with talc and then donning a protective sock.
Then a tourniquet system was tightened and a cushioned prosthesis was implanted and fitted into the location. Of course, this improves the pachyderms’ quality of life.
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Dr. Buiting, on the other hand, has done conservation work all throughout the world, not only in Thailand. Her most memorable moments, she has stated, were while she was working on African land, despite the fact that she classified it as a harsh and hostile environment.
He isn’t simply concerned about elephants. His profile has 166,000 followers, and he is shown assisting a variety of animals, including koalas, hippos, sloths, and even hedgehogs.