Lion receives acupuncture treatment!

Published Friday, Jul 25 2014, 17:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
We don't know about you, but we wouldn't fancy sticking needles into a lion's foot!

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!

Lucifer the lion receiving acupuncture

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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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