The Science Behind This Owl's Amazing Eyes

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This is Zeus, a screech owl with only 10% of his vision. His was found emaciated and blind on someone’s porch before being rescued and nursed back to health. 

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His amazing eyes are the result of a capsular cataract, and the white flecks that glisten in his eyes are the result of fibrin and blood pigment clots. These pigments cause a unique appearance that some have described as a “view of the Universe” quality in his eyes, for which he is now well known for.  Zeus’s condition does not cause him pain and he’s otherwise completely healthy.

 

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H/T: The Wildlife Learning Centre

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