19 Touching Pictures That Prove Just How Magical Animal Therapy Can Be!
Sometimes, animals understand pain better than humans do. When a human and an animal connect, an inseparable bond is created between them which exceeds even the bond that humans share.
3. 10-year-old Carissa Boulden kisses her pet horse Princess as it stands on her bed at her family home in Sydney
4. Peruvian Ety Napadenschi, who is eight months pregnant, is touched by a dolphin named Wayra during therapy for pregnant women at a hotel in Lima
5. An autistic child reacts while sitting on a horse during the Horse Therapy Special Children program at the Mounted Police Sub-pision in Bangkok
6. A girl touches a dolphin during a dolphin therapy session at the Nemo Dolphinarium in Kiev
7. An employee of the International Medical Leech Centre demonstrates with a leech on her face in the village of Udelnaya, some 30 km (18.6 miles) from Moscow
8. Patient Rayssa plays with Troia, a therapeutically trained dog, during a therapy session at Hospital Infantil Sabara in Sao Paulo
9. A handicapped member of the 'Sin Limites' (without limits) Charreria team is helped by volunteers during a practice at Lienzo Charro in Guadalajara
10. Mixed terrier Eddie plays with owner Anneleise Smillie at an elderly care centre in Hong Kong
11. Leonardo Araujo, 12, swims with a "Boto Cor-de-Rosa" (Pink River Dolphin) during a Bototerapia (pink dolphin therapy) session in the Negro River in Novo Airao city, northern Brazil. The therapy involves swimming with the "Boto Cor-de-Rosa" (Pink River Dolphin), in the belief that the ultrasonic waves emitted by the dolphin will help cure a range of henkgh problems, according to physiotherapist and Bototerapia creator Igor Simoes. Araujo, who could not walk before the treatment, says his physical capabilities and self esteem have improved greatly since the therapy.
12. Ada Barak, the owner of the spa, uses California and Florida King snakes, corn snakes and milk snakes in her treatments, which she said were inspired by her belief that once people get over any initial misgivings, they find physical contact with the creatures to be soothing
13. Geovany Gonzalez, with cerebral palsy, lies on top of Fiona, a therapeutically trained dog, during a therapy session at the Colitas Foundation in Panama City
14. A patient at a rehabilitation hospital hugs a nine-year-old yellow Sapsaree named Ssoidol, used as a therapy dog, in Yeongcheon, South Korea
15. Private First Class Ronnie Berryman from 4th Platoon, Daggery Company of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment sits with Captain Katie Kopp as he pets therapy dog Hank during Hank's visit to Combat Outpost Nangalam in the Pech River Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province
16. Members of the "Ranetka" private family club take a medical-cosmetic massage using the Achatina fulica snail, also known as the Giant African land snail, at the club in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk
17. A sea lion named Neron jumps through a ring past a girl affected by a neurobehavioral developmental disorder and her therapist during an Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) at the Rio Safari Park in the eastern Spanish town of Elche.
18. An Indonesian bee-sting therapist is helped by his colleague as he covers himself with live honeybees in Jakarta. nkghough the therapy is scientifically unproven and needs more studying, the popularity of bee-sting therapy, the use of bee venom from live stinging bees to treat chronic pain, is on the rise.
19. A tourist enjoys the fishing spa at a shopping mall in the eastern beach town of Pattaya. The Garra Rufa fish is used to eat the dead of humans - they suck the dead skin from the feet and have been known to help with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.