Stare into this owl's eyes, and behold the wonders of the universe: the heavenly stars above.
No, seriously. He's got stars in his eyes.
Named after the ancient Greek god of gods, Zeus the screech owl is blind as a bat.
But it's his blindness that gives his eyes their special appearance.
Wildlife Learning Center
"That's the damage," David Riherd, executive director of the Wildlife Learning Center (WLC) in Sylmar, California, told The Dodo. The WLC has been Zeus' home since 2012, when he injured himself and landed on somebody's doorstep in southern California.
At that time, Zeus was brought into Pacific Wildlife Care, a rehabilitation center in the area. There, they examined Zeus and surmised that he had experienced some sort of traumatic eye injury, rendering him blind as a young owl.