Roger Williams Park Zoo treats giraffe's arthritis with acupuncture

Veterinarians at Roger Williams Park Zoo are treating a giraffe's arthritis with acupuncture. (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.

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