Chhouk, a young Asian elephant
with a fake foot, relaxes with an older elephant, Lucky, at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in Cambodia
Conservationists had found the lone baby in 2007 roaming the forests of Cambodia's Srepok Wilderness Area, his foot severely infected from a poacher's snare.
A nonprofit team including WWF and Wildlife Alliance
arranged for Chhoukone of fewer than 300 elephants remaining in Cambodiato be sent on the arduous 26-hour journey to the rescue center, which is run by the alliance.
Only the second case of an elephant prosthesis, the new limb will need several tweaks over the coming months. But experts are optimistic, the Phnom Penh Post
reported in June 2009.
Even after his ordeal, Chhouk needed no tranquilizer during the limb's casting and fittings: Turnips and bananas did the trick, the paper reported.
Photograph courtesy Wildlife Alliance