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Acupuncture helps ailing alligator in Brazil.

Byline: ANA PEREIRA

Acupuncture helps ailing gator in Brazil

SAO PAULO -- Bino's back was killing him. He was suffering from scoliosis. He couldn't move his legs, two of them anyway, and his tail just wouldn't swish.

What's an albino alligator in that sort of health bind to do? Acupuncture, naturally.

Bino the albino alligator lives at the Sao Paulo Aquarium, where he's been since 2007. Veterinarians said Wednesday that he was born eight years ago with his ailments, and nothing seemed to alleviate them.

So, in early 2011 veterinarians decided to see if acupuncture might help Bino.

''The acupuncture will ... alleviate his pain and keep all his vital functions going,'' said biologist Rafael Gutierrez.
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Author:Pereira, Ana
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Geographic Code:3BRAZ
Date:Aug 29, 2013
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