All eyes are on a puffer fish in Ohio that was given cataract surgery.
The unnamed puffer at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium underwent cataract surgery on Tuesday after doctors diagnosed the fish with lens luxation. This condition can lead to impaired vision and even the need to remove the fish's eye, according to the zoo.
"During the 20-minute procedure, water was pumped over the puffer's gills to help it breathe out of the water," the zoo said on Facebook. "The water also contained anesthesia medication. Once the procedure ended, the puffer was put back in the water to wake it up."
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The surgery was done in collaboration with Dr. Terah Webb, a veterinary ophthalmologist from MedVet Columbus, who oversaw the procedure, the zoo said.
"The pufferfish is recovering well behind the scenes and is receiving antibiotic injections and pain medications every few days," the zoo said in a statement. "Please send the pufferfish your best wishes and congratulate the team on a job well done!"
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There are more than 120 known species of puffer fish, also known by the scientific name Tetraodontidae, according to Our Beautiful Planet. They are also among the most poisonous fish to consume.
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