Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Monkeys Treated With Accupuncture At Zoo

monkey accupunctureThe North Carolina Zoo is using some age-old medicine to help treat some of their elderly patients.

Veterinarians are using acupuncture to treat osteoarthritis in some aging Patas monkeys.

Dr. Christine Eckermann-Ross, an avian and exotic animal vet from Raleigh performed the treatment on the anesthetized monkey this morning. This is the first time the procedure has been used on any animal at the North Carolina Zoo.

Veterinarians at the zoo are hoping the treatment helps to alleviate the pain caused by the monkey's arthritic condition.

Story here.

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