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Israeli zoo uses acupuncture on sick tiger

Veterinarians check the ear of Sumatran tiger Pedang at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, Israel on June 9.

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Veterinarians are trying acupuncture to cure a Sumatran tiger at an Israeli zoo.

The 14-year-old tiger, named Pedang, suffers from a chronic ear infection. On June 9, a holistic medicine professional tried acupuncture on him, pricking him with several pink needles in his ear and at other points of his body. The tiger was sedated during the treatment.

The Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan 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.

Mor Mosinzon, who treated Pedang, said the acupuncture was meant to strengthen his immune system and open his ear canals so that his body can better absorb the antibiotics.








1. acupuncture n.

針灸 (zhen1 jiu3)

例: Different acupuncture points have different functions.


2. holistic adj.

全人的;全面的 (quan2 ren2 de5; quan2 mian4 de5)

例: Holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body.


3. be meant to v. phr.

應該 (ying1 gai1)

例: You were meant to ask me why I was disappointed with the idea.


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