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Singapore's Zoo Uses Acupuncture To Treat Elephant

Singapore's Zoo Uses Acupuncture To Treat Elephant

By Marietta Gross - Scoop Media Auckland.

Scoop Report: Ailing animals at Singapore Zoo are having injuries and illness treated with alternative medicines including acupuncture. A recent patient is “Tun”, a 15-year-old female elephant of 2800 kilogrammes.

Tun received a leg injury 15 years ago. Recently zoo-keepers have been concerned that the elephant's debilitated leg could not cope with her increasing weight.

Veterinarian and acupuncturist Oh Soon Hock started Tun’s treatment several weeks ago. Tun now says: “After the first treatment she was more mobile”, says Oh. “Her leg can now be bend and her muscles are now more relaxed.”

Oh claims to have used acupuncture to awaken an orang-utan from coma, healed the broken leg of a cheetah, and revitalized a python. In the meantime Tun is being treated with needles twice a week. Zoo-keepers calm her down using monotonous sounds or twitching her ears and she gets bananas and carrots as a reward.

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