Injured baby elephant receives hydrotherapy to help her walk again

Clear Sky was three months old when the accident happened

Helen Hoddinott
Saturday 07 January 2017 17:06 GMT
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The six-month-old elephant reached out to her keepers for support
The six-month-old elephant reached out to her keepers for support (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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

The calf lost part of her foot in a snare trap
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 shows a nervous Clear Sky reaching out to the keepers for support.

Keepers splash Clear Sky with water to prepare her for the pool
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.

The water therapy will help to build strength in her injured leg
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.”

After some initial nerves, she seemed to start enjoying the swim
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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