Acupuncture for Komodo dragon

SINGAPORE: A 2.3m long Komodo dragon lizard in Singapore's zoo has been receiving traditional Chinese acupuncture treatment for a nerve disorder. 

“Tirto is now more relaxed and is beginning to enjoy his treatments,” a spokesman for the Singapore Zoological Gardens, Vincent Tan, said yesterday.  

He said the eight-year-old, 42kg male lizard, has been receiving twice-weekly treatments for a neurological disorder from veterinarian Dr Oh Soon Hock – who is also a qualified acupuncturist – for the past three weeks. 

Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards, are prehistoric-looking reptiles that can grow up to three metres long and weigh more than 90kg.  

They have long claws and serrated teeth that help them tear meat from the animals they prey upon. 

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in Asia, where it's believed that pricking a patient with stainless steel needles in strategic places helps nerve and circulatory functions. 

Tirto had been having problems swallowing and eating and will receive antibiotics along with the spine-tingling needle treatments. – AP 

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