Another case of animal acupuncture that shows no proof that it actually worked.
Animal rescue center tries ‘OWLcupuncture’ to heal wounded bird – KATV.
A Central Arkansas rescue organization is using an unconventional treatment to get an injured owl back on her feet.
“We take these animals that have human-caused injuries, and when there is a human-caused injury we feel the obligation to do something,” explained Lynne Slater, the executive director of the HAWK Center.
In January, a female barred owl was brought to the center after being hit by a car.
“When she came in, I honestly thought she was dead in the box. She was comatose. She was knocked out cold,” Slater said. “I noted that she could not move one leg, and yet she could move her wings and she could use the other leg.”
There was “little” progress in a week when a vet recommended acupuncture. It appeared to work. However, the article makes it clear there was no proof it was the acupuncture that worked to help her become more mobile. An alternative explanation is that the trauma resulted in the low mobility for a week and the owl would have recovered on her own. There is little doubt that if she was not rescued and did not receive care from the rescuers (acupuncture or not), she likely would have died, so kudos to them for saving her.
In the video, you can see the owl lying very still with no anesthesia. This is suggested that she knows this is helping her. It could be a natural response of playing dead or staying very still while in this vulnerable position. But, she seems very amenable to human help.
Tip: Brandon Blahnik