Surgeons remove basketball-sized hairball from 400-pound tiger

Published On: May 23 2013 04:45:20 AM HST

BluePearl Veterinary Partners

Ty the 400-pound tiger undergoes surgery to have a basketball-sized hairball removed.


It's not unusual for a cat to get a hairball, but a 400-pound tiger needed help from Tampa Bay-area surgeons when he couldn't hack up a basketball-size hairball by himself.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners reports that a 17-year-old tiger named Ty underwent the procedure Wednesday at its Clearwater clinic.

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Ty was initially brought to BluePearl on Monday after not eating for nearly two weeks.

Doctors found the 4-pound obstruction but determined it couldn't be removed with a scope because of its size. Surgery was selected as the preferred method.

Ty is cared for by Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation in Seminole. The nonprofit animal rescue group mainly serves by assisting Florida law enforcement with animals that have been seized.

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