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Surgeons remove basketball-sized hairball from tiger
PTI
Clearwater, May 24, 2013
First Published: 00:13 IST(24/5/2013)
Last Updated: 00:14 IST(24/5/2013)
It’s not unusual for a cat to get a hairball, but a 400-pound (180-kilogramme) tiger needed help from veterinary surgeons when he couldn’t hack up a soccer ball-sized hairball by himself. The 17-year-old tiger named Ty underwent the procedure yesterday at a veterinary centre in the Tampa Bay area community of Clearwater. Doctors said in a statement that they safely removed the 4-pound (1.8-kilogramme) obstruction from Ty’s stomach. The tiger, was brought to veterinarians after not eating for nearly two weeks.

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