What Do You Do When Your Tiger Gets A Giant Hairball?

CLEARWATER, Fla. (May 23, 2013)--A 400-pound tiger needed help from veterinary surgeons in Florida when he couldn't hack up a basketball-size hairball by himself.

The 17-year-old tiger named Ty underwent a procedure Wednesday at a veterinary center in the Tampa Bay area community of Clearwater during which the vets safely removed the 4-pound obstruction from his stomach.

The tiger, which is cared for by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Seminole, was brought to veterinarians after not eating for nearly two weeks.

Doctors said they detected the hairball using a scope with a camera.

Vernon Yates, whose nonprofit group regularly assists law enforcement agencies with seized animals, says he's thankful the hairball was removed and Ty is doing fine.


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