SeaWorld Orlando Works With Local Eye Clinic For Penguins

SeaWorld Orlando SeaWorld Cares Penguin Surgery
A rockhopper penguin has his eyes examined by the veterinarian.

SeaWorld Orlando Veterinary & Aviculture Teams Work with Local Animal Eye Clinic to Remove Cataracts from Four Penguins

 

A total of four SeaWorld Orlando penguins — one rockhopper and three gentoo – are healing nicely after receiving a specialty surgery on August 28, 2014 to remove cataracts at Animal Eye Associates in Maitland, Fla. The surgery was performed by veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Heidi Denis, who specializes in animal ophthalmology.

SeaWorld Orlando SeaWorld Cares Penguin Surgery
SeaWorld Orlando’s Veterinary and Aviculture teams work with the Animal Eye Associates, in Maitland, Fla., to remove cataracts from four penguins.

 “As penguins get older they begin to show age-related health issues, just like humans,” said Dr. Lara Croft, SeaWorld Senior Veterinarian. “One of these signs is cataracts – a clouding of the eye lens that affects their quality of vision and quality of life. Thanks to this surgery, these four penguins will eventually regain vision and can return to normal behaviors, including eating on their own and swimming.”

SeaWorld Orlando SeaWorld Cares Penguin Surgery

The four penguins range in age from early to late 20s, which exceeds the life expectancy of their wild counterparts. Older penguins in the wild with compromised vision would most likely succumb to predators or starvation.

SeaWorld Orlando SeaWorld Cares Penguin Surgery

SeaWorld aviculturists noticed some of the older penguins in the Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin habitat weren’t eating and needed to be hand-fed. The vets arranged a consultation with eye specialists, and the ophthalmology team at Animal Eye Associates cleared the penguins for the procedure.

SeaWorld Orlando SeaWorld Cares Penguin Surgery
Dr. Lara Croft, SeaWorld Senior Veterinarian, checks on a rockhopper penguin.

“Cataracts are very prevalent in our more than 20-year-old birds, and we now have regular ophthalmology consults for all of our older birds.   Including these recent procedures, 17 penguins have been given restored sight with this surgery,” Dr. Croft said.

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Big Hero 6 Releases Second Trailer

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Big Hero 6, the 54th Animated Feature Film from Walt Disney Animation Stuidos, is coming to theaters on November 7th, and I get more and more excited for with every new still and clip that is released!

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“BIG HERO 6” Pictured (L-R): Hiro & Baymax. ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

The new Big Hero 6 Trailer really gives us a look at each character, their backstory, and a glimpse at how they fit into the story.

If you don’t want to hug Baymax after this…I don’t think we can be friends!

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

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“BIG HERO 6” Pictured (L-R): Fred, Honey Lemon, Hiro, Baymax, GoGo Tomago, Wasabi. ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). The film hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

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“BIG HERO 6” Pictured (L-R): Hiro & Baymax. ©2014 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

From Walt Disney Animation Studios (“Frozen,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter), who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

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 Walt Disney Animation Studios Big Hero 6 Poster

BIG HERO 6 opens in theaters everywhere on November 7th!

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