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.