Injured baby elephant receives hydrotherapy to help her walk again

Clear Sky was three months old when the accident happened

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A baby elephant who lost part of her foot in a snare has been receiving hydrotherapy to help her walk again.

Six-month-old "Clear Sky" was wounded three months ago when she stepped into a trap laid by farmers to protect their crops in Thailand.

She was found hobbling and alone after being separated from her mother.

After her arriva; at an animal hospital in Chonburi province, a few hours from the country's capital Bangkok, she has undergone surgery on her damaged foot.

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The calf lost part of her foot in a snare trap (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

It is hoped that regular follow-up hydrotherapy sessions will strengthen the withered muscles in her left leg. 

Footage from her first dip in the pool showed a nervous Clear Sky reaching out to the keepers for support.

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Keepers splash Clear Sky with water to prepare her for the pool (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

To acclimatise her to the water, the calf was splashed before being lowered into the pool in a harness.

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The water therapy will help to build strength in her injured leg (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

“By her fourth or fifth sessions she will enjoy swimming more,” said veterinarian Padet Siridumrong.

“She is still a bit nervous and scared of the water. But if she can do this regularly she will have fun.”

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After some initial nerves, she seemed to start enjoying the swim (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

The therapy is expected to last for a couple of months, after which it is hoped that she will not need an artificial leg in order to support her increasing weight.

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