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Komodo dragon gets acupuncture therapy

A big crowd was on hand at the San Antonio Zoo Friday to welcome back Bubba the Komodo Dragon to his exhibit.
A big crowd was on hand at the San Antonio Zoo Friday to welcome back Bubba the Komodo Dragon to his exhibit.

SAN ANTONIO – Texas veterinarians have turned to acupuncture to treat the aching joints of a Komodo dragon at the San Antonio Zoo.

According to a statement issued by the zoo, the 20-year-old reptile named Bubba has received the treatment the past several weeks to treat degenerative bone disease in both knees. The zoo's senior veterinarian says the dragon is receiving acupuncture in addition to traditional medicine to ease his movement.

Bubba's treatments are weekly and last about 15-20 minutes. The vets use both traditional acupuncture as well as electroacupuncture, which sends electric pulses through the needles. The treatments are designed to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue.

It's unclear how long the zoo will continue the sessions.