Zeus is a tiny, highly unusual, yet gorgeous Western Screech Owl with a huge personality. When you look closely into his eyes, you will see a stunningly beautiful starry constellation.
This little guy was found injured and emaciated on the front porch of a home in South California in 2012. He was taken in for medical care at the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California where veterinarians determined this little guy was blind and couldn’t be rehabilitated for release back into the wild. The blindness was most likely caused by some type of traumatic event.
The galaxy effect in his eyes is caused by a capsular cataract. The white flecks that shimmer in his eyes are the result of fibrin and blood pigment clots. According to his rescuers, these pigments cause what some describe as a “view of the Universe” in his eyes.
Zeus is completely healthy, despite his vision problems. He is sometimes mistaken for a stuffed toy because of his stillness and his stunning beautiful eyes have moved some visitors to tears! Learn more about Zeus and the rehabilitation work at the Wildlife Learning Center.