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Owl receives life-saving acupuncture treatment

Vets expect Enola to be released back into the wild in a few months' time. Photo: APTN

A lucky owl had her life saved when vets used acupuncture to treat injuries from a road accident.

Vets at the Hawk Centre in the US state of Arkansas were considering putting the owl, named Enola after the town where it was truck by a car, to sleep before a colleague suggested trying the alternative treatment.

The acupuncture seems to have paid dividends, according to Lynne Slater, the executive director of the Hawk Center where Enola was treated:

From her being unable to stand and her falling over on one side now she can stand and perch on a branch and she can actually move her foot some.She’s even self-feeding she wasn't even able to feed herself.

Vets expect Enola will be released back into the wild in a few months' time.