Wildlife Images Golden Eagle, Phoenix, Recieves Rare Cataract and Artifical Lens Transplant

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    PRESS RELEASE - FEB 3, 2016 09:02 EST - UPDATED: FEB 3, 2016 10:00 EST

    An appearance in a Disney movie and filming with John Denverwon't be the only reasons "Phoenix" the Golden Eagle has earnedrecognition. This notable golden eagle that calls Wildlife ImagesRehabilitation and Education Center home will be receiving a rarecataract surgery and artificial lens transplant on Wednesday,February 3, 11 a.m. at Southern Oregon Veterinary SpecialtyCenter in Medford, Oregon. The surgery will be performed byanimal specialty ophthalmologist, Dr. Cassandra Bliss.

    An appearance in a Disney movie and filming with John Denver wont be the only reasonsPhoenix the Golden Eagle has earned recognition. This notable golden eagle that callsWildlife Images home will be receiving a rare cataract surgery and artificial lens transplant onWednesday, February 3, 11 a.m. at Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center in Medford.The surgery will be performed by animal specialty ophthalmologist, Dr. Cassandra Bliss.Thanks to the generous donation of the artificial lens by I-MED Animal Health, we will be ableto increase Phoenixs visibility dramatically, says Dr. Bliss. His cataract has progressed to thepoint where he has nearly no sight in his left eye. Although this wont be Dr. Bliss firstspecialized cataract surgery and artificial lens transplant, it will be her first on an eagle. Dr.Bliss has performed this unique and highly specialized surgery on multiple dogs, penguinsand other exotic species. I look forward to helping Phoenix get his vision back, comments Dr.Bliss.Phoenix the Golden Eagle has a special legacy at Wildlife Images. In 1980, Phoenix arrived atthe center as a fuzzy baby eaglet. He had fallen from his nest onto a remote logging road outof Brookings, Oregon. Found by a caring truck driver who tucked him into his hardhat andcontacted Wildlife Images, Phoenix began his rescue journey. As he grew into adulthood,Phoenix was deemed non-releasable because of his dependence on humans and inparticular Dave Siddon, Executive Director of Wildlife Images. For nearly 35 years Phoenix hasresided at Wildlife Images and contributed significantly to the centers educational andoutreach programs by providing a deeper appreciation of his species and the importance ofconserving and protecting our natural resources. Im very thankful to Dr. Bliss for theopportunity to help Phoenix, said Dave, whats important to understand is when an eaglelike Phoenix cant see, his comfort and quality of life can deteriorate rapidly weve noticedthis happening in the last few months. The surgery, will give Phoenix many more years of

  • ambassadorship as his life expectancy in captivity can be well into his 40s.Dr. Bliss is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, specializing incataract and microsurgery, eyelid reconstruction and blepharoplasty, corneal repair andgrafting, keratoconjunctivitis sicca and tear film management, glaucoma, equine cornealdisease and recurrent uveitis. She has been practicing with Southern Oregon VeterinarySpecialty Center since November 2014 and operates her own practice, Bliss Animal Eye Care.Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organizationestablished in 1981. They provide care and treatment for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlifeindigenous to the Pacific Northwest, while giving the public an opportunity to experiencewildlife first-hand. Wildlife Images receives and cares for over 1,000 animals every year at nocharge to individuals or organizations. Wildlife Images is a sanctuary for over 80 permanentresident animal ambassadors such as grizzly bears, black bears, cougars, bobcats, badgers,and variety of birds of prey. The center offers extensive outreach and educational programssupporting their core purpose to involve, educate, and inspire children and adults about theimportance of preserving and protecting their natural resources while fulfilling their missionof SAVING WILDLIFE. With over 80 resident animal ambassadors at the center, Wildlife Imagesdoes not receive any state or federal funding and their survival is based solely on donationsfrom sponsors and donors.I-MED Animal Health, a division of I-MED Pharma, Inc., is dedicated to improving eye healthfor all animals. I-MED Animal Health specializes in surgical and non-surgical products thatalleviate Cataracts, Dry eye (KCS), tear stains and other eye conditions.In collaboration with ophthalmologists and engineers, I-MED was the first company to designreplacement lenses for birds of prey. For more information about I-MED Animal Health, visitwww.imedanimalhealth.com.For more information about Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center, please contact Dr.Diana Schropp at 541-282-7711 or visit www.sovsc.com. For information about Bliss AnimalEye Care, visit www.blissanimaleyecare.com.For more information about Wildlife Images, visit www.wildlifeimages.org. 541.476.0222

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