Veterinarians at an Israeli zoo are trying an unorthodox method to cure a tiger suffering from a chronic ear infection: acupuncture.
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The 14-year-old Sumatran tiger, Pedang, who resides in the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan, was sedated on Saturday in order to undergo a third acupuncture session. The treatment was administered by Mor Mosinzon, a holistic animal therapist, who pricked pink four-centimeter needles in Pedang's ear and other points on his body.
The Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan, known locally as the Ramat Gan Safari, said this was the first time it has used Chinese medicine on an animal. The zoo said other conventional treatments, like antibiotics, failed to cure the infection, which has lasted more than a year.
According to Mozinson, the acupuncture was meant to strengthen his immune system and open his ear canals so that his body can better absorb the antibiotics.
It is yet unclear whether the alternative treatment will alleviate Pedang's condition.