New eyes for Frodo

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Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 06:48 AM.

The Florida Wild Mammal Association has performed a first in animal rescue.

Several months ago, some Good Samaritans spotted fawn in their back yard stumbling into objects as if blind. They captured it and brought it to the FWMA where it was examined by Director Chris Beatty.

The deer was dehydrated, starving and covered in ticks.

It became clear that both eyes were cloudy and he was probably blind. It was several weeks before he was stable enough to visit Dr. Heidi Guhrt at the Crawfordville Animal Hospital for an evaluation.

The deer’s rescuers had named him Frodo. He quickly became a favorite at FWMA.

When Frodo was strong enough, Guhrt made him an appointment with Dr. Matthew Chandler at the Animal Eye Clinic in Tallahassee who recommended cataract surgery. Frodo was the first deer that Chandler had treated. The facility where it could be performed was in Jacksonville.

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