Tiger operation

A white Bengal tiger underwent a successful surgery at the Sun Valley Animal Center, south of Ketchum, on March 6, for a fractured femur. Sun Valley Animal Center veterinarian Randy Acker joined a team of other doctors from Blaine County, Bozeman, Mont., and St. Alphonsus hospital in Boise to repair the leg of Shekinah, a tiger belonging to illusionist Jay Owenhouse. Shekinah had fractured her leg falling from an icy spot inside her pen in Montana, where Owenhouse lives. “The St. Alphonsus group brought a human pin for the femur because veterinary medicine does not have one big enough for her,” said Betsy Kauder, general manager of the Sun Valley Animal Center. “So far, Shekinah is doing fine.”

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