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Tiger gets acupuncture to cure earache

A 14-year-old Sumatran tiger has been given acupuncture at a safari park in Israel to help with a chronic ear condition.

After being anaesthetized, Pedang the tiger was carried out of his enclosure by staff members.

Needles were inserted into points close to the tiger's ear to help healing, according to the Chinese tradition. The technique is a common veterinary practice in China to treat many ailments.

Vets then cleaned out Pedang's ears and took blood and skin samples.

Israel's Ramat Gan Safari said it has decided to try alternative medicine after conventional treatments failed to cure the ear infection.

Tiger Bela braves Britain's cold to eat breakfast in snow

A safari park's newest resident has been tucking into a meal in the snow.

Bela, an 11-year-old Amur tiger, got stuck in to a calf's leg for breakfast, which was strung up on a chain and hung from a tree in her enclosure.

Bela the eleven year old Amur tiger eats her breakfast that was hanging from a chain. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She arrived at Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, during the closed season over the winter.

Bela was brought to the park from Lisbon Zoo as part of the European Endangered Species Programme.

Visitors can see Bela when the Safari Park opens for the new season on Saturday. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images