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Ferret Has Successful Pacemaker Surgery at Kansas State

Associated Press - January 31, 2017 1:05 pm

A ferret is recovering at home after receiving a heart pacemaker during a rare surgery at Kansas State University.

The ferret, named Zelda, is owned by Carl Hobi of Olathe, who took her to the Veterinary Health Center in Manhattan after Christmas because she was diagnosed with a third-degree block in her heart, which caused a low heart beat and a lack of energy.

The university says in a news release that tests determined Zelda was a good candidate for a pacemaker, although it had to be special ordered because of the small size of her veins.

The university says Zelda was released two days after the surgery and should enjoy a normal ferret lifespan.

It was the first time the Kansas State center implanted a pacemaker in a ferret.

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