Tiger has 4-lb hairball removed from stomach

Published On: May 22 2013 04:50:27 PM EDT   Updated On: May 23 2013 11:11:42 AM EDT

A 17-year-old tiger had a four-pound hairball removed from its stomach on Wednesday.

Ty the tiger underwent surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Clearwater.

Ty was brought to the hospital Monday because he hadn't eaten for nearly two weeks. Doctors found the hairball inside his stomach during a scope.

ā€œIā€™m just extremely thankful for the help Dr. Woodman, Dr. Reems (the surgeons who removed the hairball) and the staff at BluePearl provided,ā€ said Vernon Yates, founder of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc., the organization who takes care of Ty.

Ty also received the TomoNews US treatment, which you can watch below.