Acupuncture for a tiger?

Animal park turns to ancient treatment for ailing cat

(AP Graphics)

RAMAT GAN, Israel – Many humans try acupuncture to treat everything from headaches to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Specialists at an Israeli animal park had a patient of a different stripe -- a tiger named Pedang.

Park staff said Pedang suffers from a chronic ear infection.  Since tigers might not appreciate the finer points of acupunture, Pedang was under general anesthetic during the session.

The traditional Chinese practice of acupuncture treats patients by manipulating thin, solid needles inserted into acupuncture points in the skin.

Park staff said they hope the acupuncture will help improve Pedang's condition and increase his response to more traditional treatment with antibiotics.