Zeus, The Rescued Blind Owl, Has 'Galaxies' In Its Eyes

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Zeus, The Rescued Blind Owl, Has 'Galaxies' In Its Eyes

Zeus, the starry-eyed owl!

Zeus, a Western Screech-owl, was rescued by southern California’s Wildlife Learning Center (WLC) and is currently in their care has a specific physical feature that makes it seem out of this world. The bird was blinded since its early days and retains merely 10% of its vision making it impossible for it to survive in the wild alone. It is, therefore, under the care of the center.

As you can see, the bird carries galaxies in its eyes, in a manner of speaking but the actual cause of such an abnormality has not yet been found. The starry-eyes could be a result of protein clot or pigmentation and the fact that it also has cataracts complicates the matter. The care-takers also say that the eyes could have become so due to a predator's attack.

The people who care for the bird said: "We have seen people just about taken to tears when meeting this most special little owl. It’s remarkable that Zeus’ disability brings so much awareness, sensitivity, and concern for not just screech owls, but all types of wildlife, as well as the environment we share. Zeus is truly an ambassador … he’s a joy. It’s not just a responsibility for us to care for him, but a privilege."

And it is quite the fact that true beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder and behold this beauty whose eyes carry the stars.

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