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Rare white tiger has knee surgery in Japan

Published on Dec 11, 2013 3:12 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Vets in Japan have carried out knee surgery on a rare white tiger cub, fixing a leg problem the animal had been born with.

In what was being billed as the first such operation on an animal of its kind, surgeons fixed a congenitally displaced kneecap in its right hind leg.

The nine-month-old male, named Sky, was under the knife for five-and-a-half hours Tuesday at the Nihon University animal hospital in Fujisawa, south of Tokyo, the school said on its website.

The animal was under general anaesthetic throughout the operation.

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