When a baby elephant in Thailand was injured in late 2015 by a farmer's snare set to protect crops, the young pachyderm lost part of its front left foot. With infection a serious possibility, and an inability to walk spelling serious risk for the 6-month-old animal, the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in Pattaya, Thailand, took in the young Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).
"We named her Clear Sky Up Ahead, because that is what she will need while she is with us," Kampon Tansacha, the director of the zoo where she now lives, told AFP.
Clear Sky is undergoing hydrotherapy at a nearby animal hospital to help rehabilitate her injured leg, whose muscles have withered over the past three months. These heartwarming images are from the elephant's second-ever session on Jan. 5, 2017.
"This is her second time getting water therapy so she is still a bit nervous and scared of the water," veterinarian Padet Siridumrong told AFP. "Usually baby elephants love water. If she can do this regularly she will have fun."