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Saturday 19 August 2017

Tiger cub at US zoo treated by chiropractor

Newborn Malaysian tiger cubs rest in their nursery before they are fed at Cincinnati Zoo (AP/John Minchillo)
Newborn Malaysian tiger cubs rest in their nursery before they are fed at Cincinnati Zoo (AP/John Minchillo)

A tiger cub at a US zoo has been treated by a chiropractor.

A spokesman for Cincinnati Zoo said one of three newborn Malayan tiger cubs was having trouble holding its head up.

A chiropractor determined the cub's top cervical bone was out of alignment, and after three adjustments the cub's neck and spine are back in place.

This is the first time the zoo has used a chiropractor and t he two-week-old cubs are now all said to be progressing well.

Mammals curator Mike Dulaney said they are being fed by nursery staff six times a day and have graduated from 2 to 3 ounces per feeding.

The cubs will stay at the zoo's nursery until they no longer need constant care, which began after the first-time mother's maternal instincts did not kick in.

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