When an owl with starry night eyes was discovered on a porch the loving homeowners realized he needed support and took him to a veterinarian. During the tour, the blind owl finds a new permanent home at the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California. Because of his extraordinary, gold-flecked, gorgeous, and wide eyes overflowing with the majesty of the heavens, this owl is called “Zeus,” after the Greek god of sky and thunder.
If the eyes are the portals to the spirit Zeus has the whole World inside him and his eyes contain galaxies and represent the cosmos we live in the wondrous starry heavens that appear on every clear night. He’s a Western Screech-owl that went blind when he was young. He can’t be released back into the wild because he just has about 10% of his vision, so he lives at the Wildlife Learning Center in California where he gets a lot of TLC.
According to the team who have been treating Zeus since he was recovered in 2012, “In our combined 40-plus-years of working with wildlife, we’ve never seen anything quite like it. But he’s doing great! He still hangs out in the office with us every day and is otherwise completely healthy.”
His starry eyes are caused by protein and blood pigment clots but he still suffers from cataracts. His injury is most likely the outcome of a predator attack but a flying accident is also a possibility. So, since he can’t be released back into the wild or search for himself due to his eye disease, the WLC team can assist him. He is fed regularly and enjoys the protein-rich menu.
They added, “We have seen people just about taken to tears when meeting this most special little owl. Remarkably, 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.”
Zeus has a toy pal and enjoys Halloween. he is also very sweet and enjoys being with people, so if you’re ever in California pay him a visit at the Wildlife Learning Center where he is now a full-time resident and gives joy to those who visit.