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NASA May Want to Go to Mars, but This Owl Has Stars in His Eyes

3 Dec 2014, 12:39 pm

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On Thursday, NASA is set to launch an unmanned Orion space capsule into orbit, marking the space agency’s commitment to sending humans to the moon. But if you really want to see the stars, you only have to look as far as Wildlife Learning Center, near Los Angeles, Calif.

Zeus is a four or five-year-old screech owl that has the most mystical eyes we’ve ever seen. According to the Wildlife Learning Center, Zeus came into their care during the summer of 2012. Emaciated and blind, he was found at someone’s home in central California.

A veterinary ophthalmologist nursed Zeus back to health, but diagnosed him with a litany of vision problems. Due to conjunctivitis, corneal degeneration, endotheliopathy and anterior uveitis, he only has about 10 percent of his vision. Experts think many of the conditions are a result of some sort of traumatic event; like flying into something or a predatory attack.


Capsular cataracts are the cause of the light-catching flecks of white in his eyes. And set against the dark background of his eyes, they give an extraordinary amount of depth — bringing a glimpse of the Universe into his eyes.

According to the WLC, “Zeus exudes a very peaceful presence and is very calm. He has a very big personality and exhibits a bit of a curious nature.”

He also enjoys spending time with all of the WLC staffers and the public at large.

Meteorologist Alan Raymond

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