Sunday, September 1, 2013

Blind Baby Screech Owl Undergoes Eye Surgery

Here is an interesting story out of Southfield, Michigan from Amy Akers of WLNS TV 6 Lansing - Jackson.
A baby Eastern Screech Owl that was born blind and unable to care for itself was living at the Howell Nature Center in Michigan and underwent cataract surgery by a veterinary ophthalmologist in the hopes of returning the creature to normal. It is probably unlikely that this owl could ever be returned to the wild, but hopefully I'll hear of an update on its progress and pass it on. What is fascinating about this story is how far veterinary medicine/science has evolved and the dedication of people and organizations to help injured animals. Check out the Howell Nature Center website!


Screech Owl Undergoes Eye Surgery
Surgery completed - the little Screech Owl  is coming out of Anesthesia. 

Screech Owl Undergoes Eye Surgery
Screech Owl before surgery

Screech Owl Undergoes Eye Surgery
Doctor Gwen Sila performing eye survery on Screech Owl.   

Source of all photos : Baby Screech Owl Undergoes Eye Surgery