Australian vet working at the Thailand-Myanmar border to attach prostheses to elephants

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Meet the Australian ‘Jungle Doctor’ who is working on adapting prosthetic legs to elephants wandering in landmines at the Thai border

  • Dr. Chloe Buiting started her job in 2018 when she shadowed a vet team in Thailand
  • The Australian vet adjusts prosthetic legs to elephants that have walked on landmines
  • She worked in South Africa caring for elephants that were targeted by poachers

An Australian veterinarian called the ‘Jungle Doctor’ has helped save endangered animals around the world by fitting prostheses on elephants that have walked on landmines.

Dr. Chloe Buiting started her rewarding work in 2018 when she followed a veterinary team in Chiang Mai and helped treat elephant abscesses caused by landmines on the Thailand-Myanmar border.

“The hospital is doing groundbreaking work to help elephants who have lost their legs due to landmines,” she said 7 News.

Dr. Chloe Buiting started her rewarding job in 2018 when she shadowed a veterinary team in Chiang Mai

An Australian veterinarian called the 'Jungle Doctor' has worked around the world fitting prosthetic legs on elephants walking on landmines

An Australian veterinarian called the ‘Jungle Doctor’ has worked around the world fitting prosthetic legs on elephants who have walked on landmines

Despite the heartbreak of seeing elephants in such pain, Dr. Buiting said it was incredibly rewarding to give them the quality of life they otherwise wouldn't have had.

Despite the heartbreak of seeing elephants in such pain, Dr. Buiting said it was incredibly rewarding to give them the quality of life they otherwise wouldn’t have had.

Despite the sadness of seeing elephants squirm in pain, Dr. Buiting said it was incredibly rewarding to give them the quality of life they otherwise wouldn’t have.

The doctors removed the prostheses at night and put them back on the elephants in the morning.

Dr. Buiting said this was done by covering the leg with talcum powder before putting on a protective sock.

“Then the padded prosthesis is applied to the site, adjusted and secured with a ratchet system,” she said.

Dr. Buiting said some of the most eye-opening moments of her career came from her time spent treating elephants and rhinos in Africa.

‘Unfortunately, many animals there are under great pressure. From habitat loss to crime in the wild and animals being sold on the black market, Africa can be a really cruel place, ” she said.

The Australian vet worked in South Africa, caring for elephants from areas frequented by poachers.

Dr.  Buiting said some of the most eye-opening moments of her career came from her time spent treating elephants and rhinos in Africa.

Dr. Buiting said some of the most eye-opening moments of her career came from her time spent treating elephants and rhinos in Africa.

She spent time along the South Africa-Mozambique border, displacing elephants in danger of being killed for their tusks

She spent time along the South Africa-Mozambique border, displacing elephants in danger of being killed for their tusks

Dr.  Buiting said everyday Australians can make small changes in their daily lives to jump in and help endangered animals

Dr. Buiting said everyday Australians can make small changes in their daily lives to jump in and help endangered animals

She spent time along the South Africa-Mozambique border, displacing elephants in danger of being killed for their tusks.

Dr. Buiting said everyday Australians can make small changes in their daily lives to jump in and help endangered animals.

She said it is a good start to know what you are buying, where it comes from and what the environmental consequences are.

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