Chhouk, is now 5 years old. Back in 2007, he was found in the jungles of Cambodia. One of his legs was missing. It is assumed that the bull elephant lost his leg in a poachers trap. Chhouk was very young. His injury was serious and he was sick. He was alone, possibly abandoned by other elephants when he was in the trap, he was weak and near death.
The Director of Wildlife Rescue and Care at the Wildlife Alliance, Nick Marx, was one of the first people to arrive to help out Chhouk. He stayed with Chhouk out in the jungle for a week. He stayed with him day and night. Fed him by hand, trying to keep him alive. Then Chhouk was taken to the Cambodian government’s Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where he was well taken care of. Chhouk had lost 6 to 8 inches off his left front leg.
Chhouk has now received a new chance to be as close to normal as he can be. He has been built a prosthetic foot. Nick who has been concerned about Chhouk ever since he was found admits he never thought that Chhouk would live. Thanks to the good care he received from his rescuers and now this prosthetic foot, he has survived where others would have perished.
Chhouk is now full of energy. He runs around the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center proudly wearing his artificial leg instead of a short leg. He use to tire easy trying to get around much and on his walks. He would sleep a lot. Now Chhouk never wants to stop. He has a whole new outlook on life. He is happy.
Chhouk is actually wearing a fourth prosthetic leg. He does put a lot of wear and tear on it along with growing. He has become the most known resident at the rescue center. He is a symbol of resilience.