A nearly blind great-horned owl is getting a new set of cataracts, thanks to a group of south Florida veterinarians. It's only the second time an owl has ever undergone cataract surgery.
The procedure is "exactly the same as in people," Dr. Robert Swinger, a surgeon at Hollywood Animal Hospital tells ABC 10. The 6-month-old owl will receive artificial lenses, enabling the bird of prey to see again.
Vision is a vital sense for owls, which rely on their keen eyesight to spot rabbits, mice and other prey.
Since this great-horned owl hatched, the bird has had a rough time. He was kicked out of his nest once before Christmas and once in January, "which is when we discovered that his vision was not quite right," says Renata Schneider, a Florida wildlife veterinarian. The young owl will recuperate in a rehab center before being returned to the wild.