Texas Komodo dragon gets acupuncture therapy

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas veterinarians have turned to acupuncture to treat the aching joints of a Komodo dragon at the San Antonio Zoo.

The San Antonio Express News reports (http://bit.ly/1vV1lJW ) the 20-year-old reptile named Bubba has received the treatment the past several weeks to treat degenerative bone disease in both knees. The zoo's senior veterinarian says the dragon is receiving acupuncture in addition to traditional medicine to ease his movement.

Bubba's treatments are weekly and last about 15-20 minutes. The vets use both traditional acupuncture as well as electroacupuncture, which sends electric pulses through the needles. The treatments are designed to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue.

It's unclear how long the zoo will continue the sessions.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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