For the longest time, I had truly believe that acupuncture is great for the human body. But I had never thought that it would work on little animals like an owl. Well, apparently it does, and they did so in Madrid. It is still quite amusing to know that acupuncture does not only save human lives, it’s great for our animals, too.
The patient was a young owl who was given 10 weekly acupuncture sessions. At first, the owl couldn’t even move his legs, but now, he’s back to flying again. All thanks to acupuncture.
Read more about his story below
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Madrid (AFP) – The patient opens his yellow eyes wide but makes no sound as acupuncturist Edurne Cornejo pricks four fine needles into his legs.
It is hard to tell whether he is surprised, as his eyes are wide at the best of times. He is an owl — and no newcomer to acupuncture therapy.
Two months ago this 25-centimetre (10-inch) “little owl”, or Athene Noctua, hurt his back when he flew by mistake into a stovepipe at a factory in eastern Madrid. The city lies on a mountainous plateau teeming with such birds.
He was sent to Brinzal, an owl-rescue charity based in a park in the west of the city.
Now he lies, his speckled brown and white breast puffing in and out, as the acupuncture needles stimulate key points in his nervous system.