Rescued wallaby heals after eye surgery
A wallaby brought to the Honolulu Zoo underwent surgery Monday morning.
HONOLULU - A wallaby brought to the Honolulu Zoo underwent surgery Monday morning.
The wallaby's right eye was removed during a surgery called enucleation, which leaves the eye muscles and remaining orbital contents intact.
Animal doctors determined the wallaby may have suffered an eye injury during a fight with another animal.
The animal is now stable condition and recovering from surgery, though it will not be released back into the wild.
"Although the Honolulu Zoo is not designated as a refuge for injured animals, our staff was more than willing to help this particular wallaby to ensure its survival,” said Zoo Director Linda Santos. “This is another example of the zoo stepping up to help an animal that was suffering and in need of some critical medical care.”
Officials are considering keeping the wallaby at the Honolulu Zoo or transporting it to another zoo to ensure proper care.