Israeli zoo uses acupuncture on sick tiger 以色列動物園用針灸治病虎

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 - Page 10

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.

(AP)

獸醫師正試圖以針灸治療以色列一家動物園的一頭蘇門答臘虎。

這頭名叫「潘當」的十四歲老虎飽受長期耳朵感染之苦。六月九日,一名全人醫學專家嘗試對牠針灸,在牠的耳朵與身體其他穴道扎入數根粉紅針。在治療中,這頭老虎獲舒緩平靜。

特拉維夫拉馬特甘動物中心指出,這是首次在動物上運用中醫療法。該動物園說,像抗生素等其他傳統治療都無法治癒這個持續逾一年的感染。

治療潘當的摩爾.莫辛松表示,針灸應能增強牠的免疫系統,並打開牠的耳道,使牠的身體更能吸收抗生素。

(美聯社/翻譯:魏國金)