European first: elephant gets contact lens for eye


Yesterday, Amsterdam Artis Zoo elephant Win Thida (not this one, but one like it) became the first ever elephant in Europe to be given a contact lens, in her case, for her left eye. The 44-year-old Asian elephant had a damaged cornea and had problems keeping her eye open because of the pain.

She probably injured her eye with a branch while playing with other elephants.

(Link:, Photo of Asian elephant by cskk, some rights reserved)

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