CLEARWATER, Fla. - A tiger named Ty no longer has a stomach ache after a football-sized hairball was removed from his stomach.
Vernon Yates with Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation said the furball inside Ty was so big, that he hadn’t eaten on his own in about two-weeks.
Yates brought the tiger to Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Medicine for pets in Clearwater, Fla. for surgery.
"This tiger specifically is a very, very, nice, very, very, sweet tiger. Which is not usually what people think of with tigers but this individual is a very, very, nice cat. So, I really hope that we can make him feel better," Yates told CNN.
The vet said Ty’s surgery was the first time they've worked on a tiger. They said the four-pound hairball pulled from his stomach was the size of your average house cat.
How’s Ty doing now? The vets said Ty's prognosis is looking good and he will bounce right back.
Yates said Ty is about 18-years-old, the average life span of a tiger.
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