When a blind and injured screech owl was found on a porch, the caring homeowners knew he needed help. Taking him to The Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California, the little guy was rehabilitated, but with no eyesight the decision was made to give him refuge at the center instead of releasing him back into his natural habitat.
Named Zeus, he now lives full time at The Wildlife Learning Center, spending time during the day indoors next to founder Paul Hahn’s desk. His blindness contributes to unique color patterns and variations in his eyes, which heavily resemble an intergalactic sky map. It appears, figuratively, as if he has stars in his eyes! Owls rely heavily on their vision for survival, their incredibly complex eyes comprising between one and five percent of their total body weight.
Zeus would obviously not be able to survive in the wild due to his inability to see or hunt, which made his inclusion at the sanctuary an easy choice. His easygoing nature and incredibly unique, galactic looking peepers make him a natural ambassador for the organization and he’s regularly seen meeting guests and partaking in educational programs. Zeus proves that all animals have value and should be helped and protected, to infinity and beyond!
Owl eyes are shaped like elongated tubes to allow the maximum amount of light to enter.
Their field of view is 110 degrees, 70 of which is binocular vision.
That might not seem all that impressive, considering that humans have a 180 degree field of view with 140 degrees of binocular vision. When you consider, however, that an owl can turn its head 270 degrees left or right and flip it nearly upside down, they totally win.
Owls have 3 eyelids – an upper lid, lower lid and a nicitating membrane that closes diagonally over the eye during sleep.
Zeus is a fantastic ambassador for injured animals and why supporting wildlife refuge and rehabilitation efforts is so vital to helping animals everywhere!
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Owl Facts Courtesy of : Owl Pages