Roger Williams Park Zoo treats giraffe's arthritis with acupuncture
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WBTS) —
Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence is one of the first in the country to try acupuncture on a giraffe.
Sukari is 24 years old and suffers from arthritis.
She goes through an acupuncture session lasting about 45 minutes and using 14 needles every other week.
"She had a little bit of hesitation right at the first treatment, some of the tail flicking and swishing," said Dr. Diva Malinowksi Green, a veterinary medical acupuncturist.
Vets feed Sukari during the procedure to keep her distracted and to give her positive reinforcement.
Zookeepers said they can already see that the process is having a big impact on how well she can move around.