Ferret Undergoes Rare Surgery

A ferret is recovering after getting a heart pacemaker implanted during a surgery at Kansas State University.

The Associated Press reports the ferret, named Zelda, was taken to the Veterinary Health Center in Manhattan, Kansas by her owner because the ferret was diagnosed with a third-degree heart block, which caused a low heart beat and lack of energy.

In a press release, the university said the tests found that Zelda was a good candidate for a pacemaker. The pacemaker had to be special ordered because of how small Zelda’s veins are.

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

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

Anna Erickson

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