Veterinarians amazed, reporters disgusted by 4 pound hairball removed from a tiger’s stomach

By Megan Carpentier
Friday, May 24, 2013 14:14 EDT
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Vernon Yates of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation in Florida loves his 18-year-old tiger, Ty. So when Ty became listless, stopped eating on his own for two weeks and lost nearly 100 pounds, he became concerned. “He’s sort of like my biggest baby,” he told Bay News 9. “This is my kid.”

Veterinarians at Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Medicine diagnosed Ty with a giant hairball — just like the kind housecats get, only larger — and performed surgery to remove it. Only then did they discover just how large it really was: four pounds and nearly the size of a football.

As news crews filmed, doctors removed three kitten-sized hairballs from Ty’s stomach, to the groans of amazement and disgust of the camera crews on hand.

Ty is reportedly recovering well.

Watch coverage of the four-pound hairball featuring Jeanne Moos and an even larger human hairball, courtesy of CNN, below:

Watch the original tiger surgery video, courtesy of Bay News 9, below:

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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