They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but what if your eyes reflect the whole universe? Meet Zeus…
One morning in Southern California, someone, by chance, found an injured owl on their porch. It was a blind Western screech owl that had beautiful, starry eyes.
Due to his blindness, he had hurt himself by flying into a house wall and hitting his head.
The poor guy was scared but luckily undamaged.
“He was found emaciated and blind in front of someone’s house in Central California,” Pa, founder of the Wildlife Learning Center, told Bored Panda.
After being taken to the vet, the blind bird finally found his new, warm, permanent home at the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California.
The dedicated team of animal lovers rehabilitated this adorable little owl, and they did all they could to help him get up on his feet again.
And since the poor little guy had only 10% of his vision, they gave him refuge at the center rather than releasing him back into his natural habitat.
“A veterinary ophthalmologist thoroughly examined him, brought him back to health, and deemed him non-releasable because he only has about 10% of his vision and would not be able to survive in the wild on his own,” said Hahn, in response to Bored Panda’s questions.
They named him Zeus after the Greek god of sky and thunder because of his big, fascinating eyes. Clots of protein and blood pigment are the reason why Zeus has such extraordinary eyes, but he has a cataract as well.
“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” Hahn continued.
Zeus now lives happily in the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California. He spends his time during the day with the founder Paul Hahn, usually on his desk.
Extremely fond of the character of this unique bird, Hahn said,“Zeus exudes a very peaceful presence and is very calm. He has a very big personality and exhibits a bit of a curious nature”.
Zeus is a friendly owl and loves to be near people. So if you ever visit California and want to see be sure to visit the Wildlife Learning Center and give him some love.
“We have seen people just about taken to tears when meeting this most special little owl,” the WLC team says. “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.”
Interesting fact: There are some native American tribes that believe that owls carry messages from the dead, or deliver warnings to those who break tribal taboos. In fact, The Mayans and Aztecs believed owls to be messengers from the gods of death.