One in particular, a Western screech owl named Zeus, is the newest nocturnal animal to capture our hearts.
You’re probably wondering what makes him so special, aren’t you?
Zeus, who lives with Wildlife Learning Center founder Paul Hahn, was named after the Greek god of thunder and sky after staff took one look into his mysterious eyes. It’s seriously impossible not to get lost in them — just like lying on your back and staring up at the starry night sky in summer.
This anomaly is commonly described as vitreous veils or strands. Zeus also lacks irises, which means that he is totally blind, and unable to be released back into the wild.
Check out the adorable photos of Zeus the blind screech owl above.