Protecting Thailand’s elephants from the horrors of landmines

This, unfortunately, is not the first time an elephant has stepped on a landmine. Asia is riddled with them, particularly in Burma (Myanmar) where the Burmese army is fighting an insurgency against the Karen who live along the Burma/Thailand border. Mines are also in abundance in Cambodia and Laos. Injuries like this take months to heal and the main dangers are sepsis, maggots and injuries/strain to the other leg which then has to bear the wieght of two limbs for a long time. The only good news here is that this was a tame animal that could be handled and treated: a wild elephant wouldn’t stand a chance (if ever found). All credit due to the team of vets and managers who helped this particular animal. Sadly I feel their skills will be required again in the future.

 

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