Zelda the fer­ret goes elec­tric

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

MAN­HAT­TAN, Kan. — A fer­ret is re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing fit­ted with a pace­maker dur­ing a rare surgery at Kansas State Univer­sity. The 4-year-old fer­ret, named Zelda, is owned by Carl Hobi of Olathe, who took her to the Vet­eri­nary Health Cen­ter in Man­hat­tan, Kansas, af­ter Christ­mas. Zelda had a third-de­gree block in her heart, which caused a low heart­beat and a lack of en­ergy. The univer­sity said tests de­ter­mined Zelda was a good can­di­date for a pace­maker, although it had to be spe­cial or­dered be­cause of her veins’ small size. The univer­sity says Zelda was re­leased two days af­ter the surgery and should en­joy a nor­mal fer­ret life­span. It was the first time the cen­tre im­planted a pace­maker in a fer­ret.

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