Four-Pound Hairball Removed From Ty the Tiger's Stomach

Ty is a 17-year-old tiger, cared for by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013  |  Updated 6:46 PM EDT
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Ty the tiger had surgery on Wednesday to remove a four-pound hairball.

Ty, a 17-year-old 400-pound tiger, was brought to the veterinarian on Monday after refusing to eat to for about two weeks.

Veterinarian Dr. Brian Luria took X-rays, performed an ultrasound and then used a scope with a camera to find the hairball.

Ty is cared for by  Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc., a non-profit organization, which helps authorities with animals that have been seized. He was operated on at the BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Clearwater.

 Below is a photograph of the hairball.

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