TAMPA - A 17-year-old tiger named TY hadn't eaten much for several weeks. After closer examination, veterinarians discovered a basketball-sized hairball in Ty's belly.
The hairball was too big to be fished out with a camera-scope. So there was only one way to remove it.
The 400 pound feline went under the knife Wednesday afternoon at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Clearwater.
During the procedure, surgeons retrieved the hairball which weighed in at a whopping four pounds.
Ty is expected to make a full recovery.
The tiger is cared for by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc.
The non-profit organization mainly serves by assiting Florida law enforcement with seized animals.
Recently, the organization was asked by the state of Florida to assist with capturing the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay, a rhesus macaque who roamed the area for nearly four years before being caught.