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  • Castro, a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger residing at the Sacramento Zoo is transported to the Dr. Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital for surgery on Tuesday October 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Castro was suffering from urinary tract stones. The purpose of the procedure was to insert two stents from his kidney into his bladder in order to give him relief from the stones. When veterinarians began the procedure they discovered that only needed to put one stent (a small plastic tube) in. About 30 different specialists from the Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis and Sutter Medical Group (a human urologist and Interventional Radiologist) participated in the procedure that would normally cost $10,000 but with the help of donated equipment and time the procedure cost will only be $2,000. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Sacramento Zoo veterinarians Anne Burgdorf, right, Katie Delic, center, and student Rebecca Pacheco, left, ready Castro, a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger for surgery on Tuesday October 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Castro was suffering from urinary tract stones. The purpose of the procedure was to insert two stents from his kidney into his bladder in order to give him relief from the stones. When veterinarians began the procedure they discovered that only needed to put one stent (a small plastic tube) in. About 30 different specialists from the Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis and Sutter Medical Group (a human urologist and Interventional Radiologist) participated in the procedure that would normally cost $10,000 but with the help of donated equipment and time the procedure cost will only be $2,000. To our knowledge, this is the first time that this procedure has been performed in a tiger said Sacramento Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Ray Wack. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Sacramento Zoo veterinarian Ray Wack checks one of Castro's paws while preparing him for surgery on Tuesday October 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Castro, a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger was suffering from urinary tract stones. The purpose of the procedure was to insert two stents from his kidney into his bladder in order to give him relief from the stones. When veterinarians began the procedure they discovered that only needed to put one stent (a small plastic tube) in. About 30 different specialists from the Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis and Sutter Medical Group (a human urologist and Interventional Radiologist) participated in the procedure that would normally cost $10,000 but with the help of donated equipment and time the procedure cost will only be $2,000. To our knowledge, this is the first time that this procedure has been performed in a tiger said Sacramento Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Ray Wack.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • UC Davis student Jenny Gorman, left, Dr. Anne Burgdorf, Sacramento Zoo staff veterinarian, and Dr. Miranda Sadar, UC Davis resident prepare Castro for surgery Tuesday October 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Castro, a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger, was suffering from urinary tract stones. The purpose of the procedure was to insert two stents from his kidney into his bladder in order to give him relief from the stones. When veterinarians began the procedure they discovered that only needed to put one stent (a small plastic tube) in. About 30 different specialists from the Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis and Sutter Medical Group (a human urologist and Interventional Radiologist) participated in the procedure that would normally cost $10,000 but with the help of donated equipment and time the procedure cost will only be $2,000.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Castro, a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger residing at the Sacramento Zoo is prepared for surgery on Tuesday October 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Castro was suffering from urinary tract stones. The purpose of the procedure was to insert two stents from his kidney into his bladder in order to give him relief from the stones. When veterinarians began the procedure they discovered that only needed to put one stent (a small plastic tube) in. About 30 different specialists from the Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis and Sutter Medical Group (a human urologist and Interventional Radiologist) participated in the procedure that would normally cost $10,000 but with the help of donated equipment and time the procedure cost will only be $2,000.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Castro, a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger residing at the Sacramento Zoo is prepared for surgery on Tuesday October 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Castro was suffering from urinary tract stones. The purpose of the procedure was to insert two stents from his kidney into his bladder in order to give him relief from the stones. When veterinarians began the procedure they discovered that only needed to put one stent (a small plastic tube) in. About 30 different specialists from the Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis and Sutter Medical Group (a human urologist and Interventional Radiologist) participated in the procedure that would normally cost $10,000 but with the help of donated equipment and time the procedure cost will only be $2,000.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Veterinarian student Rebecca Pacheco checks the eye of Castro, a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger on Tuesday October 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Castro was suffering from urinary tract stones. The purpose of the procedure was to insert two stents from his kidney into his bladder in order to give him relief from the stones. When veterinarians began the procedure they discovered that only needed to put one stent (a small plastic tube) in. About 30 different specialists from the Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis and Sutter Medical Group (a human urologist and Interventional Radiologist) participated in the procedure that would normally cost $10,000 but with the help of donated equipment and time the procedure cost will only be $2,000. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Conni Noia, RVT, left, from UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and Veterinarian Dr. Ray Wack, right, of the Sacramento Zoo shave and vacuum Castro as they prepare him for surgery Tuesday October 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Castro was suffering from urinary tract stones. The purpose of the procedure was to insert two stents from his kidney into his bladder in order to give him relief from the stones. When veterinarians began the procedure they discovered that only needed to put one stent (a small plastic tube) in. About 30 different specialists from the Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis and Sutter Medical Group (a human urologist and Interventional Radiologist) participated in the procedure that would normally cost $10,000 but with the help of donated equipment and time the procedure cost will only be $2,000. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Sacramento Zoo Veterinarian Katie Delk , holds the paw of Castro, a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger while preparing him for surgery Tuesday October 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Castro was suffering from urinary tract stones. The purpose of the procedure was to insert two stents from his kidney into his bladder in order to give him relief from the stones. When veterinarians began the procedure they discovered that only needed to put one stent (a small plastic tube) in. About 30 different specialists from the Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis and Sutter Medical Group (a human urologist and Interventional Radiologist) participated in the procedure that would normally cost $10,000 but with the help of donated equipment and time the procedure cost will only be $2,000. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Onlookers peered through a viewing window of the Dr. Murray E. Fowler Veterinary Hospital as Castro, a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger residing at the Sacramento Zoo underwent surgery on Tuesday October 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Craig Glaiberman, MD, center, an Interventional Radiologist from Sutter Medical Group, sits patiently in a chair before jumping in to assist with the insertion of a stent in Castro on Tuesday October 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. The procedure that was supposed to be one to two hours was four hours. "It's common for human doctors to jump in and help veterinarians," said Rob Warren the Communications Officer of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Castro, a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger residing at the Sacramento Zoo, was suffering from urinary tract stones. The purpose of the procedure was to insert two stents from his kidney into his bladder in order to give him relief from the stones. When veterinarians began the procedure they discovered that only needed to put one stent (a small plastic tube) in. About 30 different specialists from the Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis and Sutter Medical Group (a human urologist and Interventional Radiologist) participated in the procedure that would normally cost $10,000 but with the help of donated equipment and time the procedure cost will only be $2,000. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Craig Glaiberman, MD, right, Interventional Radiologist from Sutter Medical Group, stepped in to help insert a stent in Castro with Dr. Bill Culp, left, a Veterinarian from UC Davis on Tuesday October 08, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. Castro, a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger residing at the Sacramento Zoo, was suffering from urinary tract stones. The purpose of the procedure was to insert two stents from his kidney into his bladder in order to give him relief from the stones. When veterinarians began the procedure they discovered that only needed to put one stent (a small plastic tube) in. About 30 different specialists from the Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis and Sutter Medical Group (a human urologist and Interventional Radiologist) participated in the procedure that would normally cost $10,000 but with the help of donated equipment and time the procedure cost will only be $2,000. Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.Sumatran tigers are critically endangered and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, off the Malaysian Peninsula. Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers are believed to exist in the wild, and approximately 200 live in zoos around the world.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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