Staff at Drusillas Park were surprised to discover that their aptly named spectacled owl was in dire need of glasses because of poor vision.
Fourteen year old Jack the Lad arrived at the award-winning Sussex zoo earlier this year and since then he has been bumping into trees and branches around his enclosure and looking a little precarious on his perch.
Zoo manager Sue Woodgate was so concerned that he may do himself a mischief, it prompted her to seek advice from an optical-ornithologist.
Dr Olaf Priol prescribed corrective lenses for Jack and some bespoke glasses were then commissioned from a large UK supplier of animal eyewear.
Sue commented: “Jack arrived at Drusillas Park in February and this is the first time we have had spectacled owls at the zoo. Although he is fourteen, this species can live over 30 years so we wanted to increase the quality of his life as much as possible.”
“As far as I am aware, this is the first ever case of an owl wearing prescription glasses in the UK and we are very excited to be trailblazers in this field. I think it won’t be too long before we start to see more animals receiving this type of optical care.”
No one could have seen that one coming!
Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, East Sussex, Drusillas Park is open from 10am to 6pm (last admission 5pm).
For further details call 01323 874100 or visit the website at www.drusillas.co.uk.
Sharp eyed readers may notice Olaf Priol is an anagram.