Veterinarians at Lampang Elephant Hospital in Thailand are in urgent need
of elephant blood, for anticipated transfusions needed for a foot
amputation. Motola (age 38) stepped on a landmine near the
Thailand-Myanamar border, shattering ten bones in a left feet. At the time
the cow elephant was taking a break from her job with a logging operation.
There is no indication that the accident was drug-related.
Motola will probably have her ass in a sling for the operation, to help
avoid breaking sutures. Afterwards, she will be fitted with a prosthesis
to help support her three ton frame.
The operation has been delayed until Saturday, to give the surgeons more
time to prepare. The type of elephant blood needed was not available at
press time; nor is it clear if African elephants are also eligible to
Contact veterinarian Worakorn Jitlang at the Lampang Elephant
Hospital for more information: Phone 011-66-2-945-7124-6;