Arthritic wolves enlist help from chiropractor

TWO arthritic wolves have received some unusual pain relief thanks to visits from a chiropractor. Odin and Ishka, who are the resident wolves at Shepreth Wildlife Park, have been having visits from a chiropractor since the summer. Rebecca Willers, manager

TWO arthritic wolves have received some unusual pain relief thanks to visits from a chiropractor.

Odin and Ishka, who are the resident wolves at Shepreth Wildlife Park, have been having visits from a chiropractor since the summer.

Rebecca Willers, manager at the park, said: "They were diagnosed with arthritis back in March. They were prescribed pain relief by the vets, but the keepers wanted to do more for them, and after advice was sought, the wolves started a course of various alternative herbal remedies.

"One of the keepers at the park was also seeing a chiropractor for her back at the time, and she discovered he was qualified for both people and animals."


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The chiropractor in question, Steve Aronson, was called in after offering his services free of charge, and has been making monthly visits ever since.

Miss Willers said: "We are pleased with results which we have seen through the combination of treatments we are trying. It is hard to say whether the alternative therapies are helping our wolves' mobility, or a combination of these and the conventional medicine, but whatever it is, we are going to continue.

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"We are very lucky to have Odin and Ishka still with us at the grand old age of 17 years. They are a very popular pair with both visitors and keepers alike."

*The park are also looking for the owners of a box turtle, which was handed in after being found wandering the streets.

The chelonian, which can sit in the palm of your hand, is being cared for by keepers at the park. Managers at the zoo have checked for signs of identification, but there appears to be no micro-chip present, though they are hopeful that it is someone's lost pet.

Anyone who has lost a box turtle in the last couple of months can contact the team at Shepreth by emailing admin@sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk, or calling 01763 262 226.

A full description of the turtle plus photographs must be supplied before the turtle can be collected.

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