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First-Ever Bird Eye Surgery on Endangered Owl

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First-Ever Bird Eye Surgery on Endangered Owl

First-Ever Bird Eye Surgery on Endangered Owl

First-Ever Bird Eye Surgery on Endangered Owl

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NPR's Melissa Block talks with Dr. Christopher Murphy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine about what's believed to be the first implantation of intra-ocular lenses on a bird. The surgery on a great horned owl, which had cataracts, is intended to restore the bird's sight so that it can hunt. Murphy says operations like this could help more endangered species of birds stay alive in the wild.