New Foot for Chhouk the Elephant

The Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics was approached with an unusual request - to build and fit a prosthetic foot for Chhouk, a young endangered Asian elephant.

Chhuok lost a foot after being rescued from a poacher’s snare 2 years ago. The injury healed, but Chhuok was unable to walk normally which lead to concerns for his health as he was putting extra stress on his right foot.

CSPO was asked by Wildlife Alliance earlier this year to help construct and fit a prosthesis for Chhuok. The artificial foot was made after x-rays and a caste was taken, using the same technique for humans only on a slightly larger scale! Chhuok took to his prosthesis straight away and is now able to walk around much more freely.

Chhouk and his new foot live out at Phnom Tamao Zoo, where he is happier and healthier than ever.