Huge hairball in high demand

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CLEARWATER, Florida (WFLA) – Representatives from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museums want to get their hands on the four pound hairball that was taken out of a tiger’s stomach in Clearwater, Florida.

They were even willing to pay for it.

On May 22, a 400 pound tiger named Ty had the procedure done to remove the hairball after his owner noticed he was not eating and was very lethargic.

Vernon Yates, operator of a non-profit Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation center and Ty’s owner, said that he was approached by Ripley’s about buying the hairball.

“I would donate it to them as long as the names of the doctors who removed the hairball went on a plaque next to the display,” Yates said. “It was only right to include the doctor’s names because we should give credit where credit is due,” he added.

Ty was seen by Dr. Brian Luria, an internal medicine specialist. Luria performed an ultrasound and took X-rays before using a scope with a camera to determine the problem.

Luria discovered what appeared to be a giant hairball in Ty’s stomach. Due to the size of the hairball, it was not possible to retrieve the obstruction using the scope, and surgery was selected as the preferred method.


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