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Israeli veterinarians using acupuncture to heal sick tiger with ear infection

By Mason White 2:27 PM June 10, 2013
The tiger being treated 

By: Sarah Weiss
An Israeli zoo is trying a new approach in order to help an animal suffering from an ear infection.
Veterinarians are trying acupuncture to cure a Sumatran tiger in a zoo in Israel.

The 14-year-old tiger, named Pedang, suffers from a chronic ear infection. On Sunday, a holistic medical professional tried acupuncture, puncturing several pink needles in the ear and other parts of the tiger’s body.

The tiger was sedated during the treatment.
The Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan said it was the first time using Chinese medicine for an animal. The zoo said other conventional treatments such as antibiotics, failed to cure the infection, which lasted over a year.

Mor Mosinzon, who performed treatments on Pedang, said that acupuncture was designed to strengthen the immune system and open the ear canals, so that the animal’s body can better absorb the antibiotics it receives.