• BluePearl/James Judge

  • BluePearl/James Judge

Published: May 22, 2013 6:59 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - 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. 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 and Rehabilitation in Seminole. The non-profit animal rescue group mainly serves by assisting Florida law enforcement with animals that have been seized.

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