But this is exactly what specialist Nicki Grint did, when she performed acupuncture on Lucifer. She's a braver woman than us.
Thankfully, Paignton Zoo's 11-year-old lion was given anesthetic beforehand, making the procedure much safer. Phew!
The big cat is the first ever animal to receive the treatment.
Jo Reynard, an associate for the zoo's veterinary, explained: "Lucifer had a tumour removed from his right hind foot before he came to Paignton Zoo, but the place has not healed properly."
Let's hope Lucifer makes a speedy recovery!
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