Aging kangaroo in the Bronx to get cryotherapy for arthritis

March 10, 2018 - 9:03 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The Bronx is...freezing?

A nearly 15-year-old kangaroo at the famous Bronx Zoo is set to receive low-temperature cryotherapy treatment for arthritis — a high-tech alternative to ice baths that homo sapiens have used for years.

Zoo director Jim Breheny tells the Daily News (http://nydn.us/2p4qWRU ) Saturday that the marsupial named Dave is getting up there and his stiff joints are aching.

Breheny says the treatment might sound exotic but that it's really just one course of healing his 200 medical experts at the Bronx Zoo utilize to treat some 7000 different species.

Dave's saga in the cryotherapy chamber will be documented by Animal Planet's latest season of "The Zoo."

Cryotherapy has become commercially popular in recent years. Some facilities in Manhattan charge humans as much as $90 for a three-minute session.

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