One day, in Southern California, someone found an injured Western screech owl on their porch, with eyes that looked just like a starry night.
The first inkling he was blind was when he flew into the wall of a house and hit his head.
After a quick trip to the vets, the poor blind owl was moved to the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, CA to live out the rest of his days.
“He was found emaciated and blind in front of someone’s house in Central California,” founder of the center Paul Hahn said.
He was quite fittingly called ‘Zeus,’ the Greek god of sky and thunder.
“Zeus exudes a very peaceful presence and is very calm. He has a very big personality and exhibits a bit of a curious nature”
“A veterinary ophthalmologist thoroughly examined him, brought him back to health, and deemed him nonreleasable because he only has about 10% of his vision and would not be able to survive in the wild on his own”
When he was found on the porch, he was injured, and thanks to the dedicated team at the center, he was able to make a speedy recovery.
“His general condition is a capsular cataract, the white flecks that glisten in his eyes are caused by unique fibrin/blood pigment clots. These pigments cause a unique starry-eyed look, for which he is well known, hence the name Zeus”
“He is so camouflaged most people don’t notice him until we point him out. Many other people see him but believe he is a stuffed animal because he is so calm and peaceful. When he wakes and opens his eyes, people gasp. We have had people almost in tears when he reveals his peepers”
Due to his condition, he was unable to ever be released back into the wild, so now he lives on founder Paul Hahn’s desk.