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False leg for an elephant is big feat.

MOTALA the elephant stands patiently as charity workers take on the jumbo task of fitting her with a mould for a prosthetic limb.

The gentle giant and her pal Mosha both suffered the loss of a leg after stepping on landmines.

But with care from the world's first elephant hospital, set up by Friends of the Asian Elephant, the animals are on the road to recovery.

And thanks to a $100,000 donation from model Miranda Kerr last year, the Thailand-based charity can fund prosthetics for the injured elephants.

The casts will be sent to the US, where the false legs will be made.

FAE has treated 3,900 elephants since founder Soraida Salwala opened the hospital in MaeYao National Reserve, Lampang, in 1993.

MIRANDA IN MILAN: 3AM 24&25

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DONATION Miranda Kerr with FAE's Soraida. Right, the casts

CARE Mosha is prepared for new leg

SUPPORTING CAST Hospital staff fit Motala's mould

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 25, 2015
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