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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Saturday, February 26, 2005
A GREAT HORNED OWL WITH SECOND SIGHT
"Her driver's license would have been pulled",
says Christopher Murphy, a University of
Wisconsin-Madison veterinary ophthalmologist,
describibng the impaired vision of a great
horned owl with cataracts. Last year the owl
became the first bird of prey known by the
surgeon to have received custom made lenses
and subsequently be released back into the wild.

Emaciated and unable to hunt, the owl was
found in eastern Wisconsin and brought to
Murphy and his team for surgery. The team
removed the owl's cataracts and implanted
the permanent lenses. One week later they
took out the sutures from the outher corners
of the eyelids of the owl. Soon she was back
in the wild, successfully hunting live prey.

(abstracted from GEOGRAPHICA/
NATGEOMAG/ by: John L. Eliot)
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