November 23, 2015-Zahava, a nine-year-old wild wolf, was brought to The Hebrew University Veterinary Hospital after suffering from chronic eye infections. Her condition worsened, covering her corneas with a visible film that impaired her vision. Traditionally, this condition would require the daily administration of eye drops, however this treatment was not possible for an animal living in the wild. Professor Ron Ofri, who specializes in veterinary ophthalmology, immediately ordered unique implants from the United States. The implants were designed to be placed in the back of Zahava’s eyes and to allow medicine to be sent directly to Zahava’s eyes and without interfering with her daily life.
Professor Ofri and his team conducted the surgery, only the second of its kind in Israel, and successfully placed an implant behind each eye. They anticipate Zahava’s full recovery at the Yotvata Nature Reserve, where she lives, and where she is fully enjoying the reserve’s beauty for the first time in over a year.