Blind Penguin Has Cataract Surgery And Gets His Sight Back

There is no doubt that penguins are absolutely adorable. In most cases, they are able to care for themselves, but at times, they may also need some help from caring humans.

That is what happened with a four-year-old penguin named Munch at the Chester Zoo.

Munch was a normal Penguin, but it seemed like he was having a problem interacting with others. It wasn’t that they weren’t getting along, he just kept bumping into the other members of the colony. The zoo decided to take a closer look and found out that he had cataracts.

Photo: Facebook/Chester Zoo

According to Express, a penguin keeper at Chester zoo, Sophie Bissaker, explained that they saw Munch was not keeping up with the rest of the penguins when swimming and he had a hard time diving for fish.

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After examining Munch, they found cloudy patches on the lenses in each of his eyes, and he had very little eyesight left. In order to save his vision, special treatment was necessary.

Photo: Facebook/Chester Zoo

Fortunately, they had someone who could care for Munch’s eyes. It was a veterinary ophthalmologist, Iona Mathieson. Even though she has been in the veterinary field for close to 24 years, she said that Munch was the first Penguin that she operated on.

Express reports that she went on to say: “We are really happy to report that the surgery was successful and Munch is now well on the way to making a full recovery.”

Photo: Facebook/Chester Zoo

The team that cares for the penguins at the zoo has had a rough go of it. Like many others who were working during the pandemic, they had to change their routine to make everything work and stick within guidelines. They had a difficult 2020 but knowing they helped Munch was an absolutely thrilling way to get 2021 underway.

Munch is recovering nicely, although he did have to stay in a shallow nursery pool while being monitored after the surgery. He was also joined by Wurly, his life partner and the two of them spent lots of time together during the recovery.

Photo: Facebook/Chester Zoo

Munch and Wurly have been inseparable for years and they follow each other everywhere. She provided him with comfort and the two of them also provided a lot of comfort to the zoo staff, that was dealing with the ’emotional rollercoaster’ that this issue caused.

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