Prior to today, we weren’t all that aware of underwater physical therapy (known as hydrotherapy). But now that we know it’s good enough for Carrie Underwood’s dog Ace, we certainly know that it’s good enough for this five-month-old baby elephant in need of rehabilitation.
The elephant, named Fah Jam, was rescued from an animal snare in Thailand, and she has been looked after by Nong Nooch Tropical Garden outside Bangkok ever since. (The garden has other adult elephants who have been instrumental in nursing her and helping her survive.) However, her front left leg was ensnared and seriously damaged, and she has refused to put any weight on it. “We cannot just let her go and walk on three legs,” says Kampon Tansacha of Nong Nooch.
So veterinarian Padet Siridumrong came up with a plan to ensure she won’t wind up with a prosthetic leg: hydrotherapy. Thankfully, the li’l elephant is already showing improvement. “By her fourth or fifth sessions, she will enjoy swimming more. She’s just a baby elephant, that’s why she’s a bit scared, but by nature, elephants love water.”
Looks like she is already having a great time to us! Get well soon, Fah Jam!
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