- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

DEERING, N.H. (AP) - A falcon in New Hampshire that had eye surgery to remove cataracts is doing well with her new synthetic lenses but has limited vision and isn’t flying.

Banner, a 4-year-old falcon, hasn’t been able to fly or hunt since losing her sight more than a year ago. In September, a team at Capital Veterinary Emergency Services in Concord performed the surgery, which Banner’s owners said was the first time such a procedure had been done on a falcon.

Nancy and Jim Cowan of the New Hampshire School of Falconry in Deering told the Concord Monitor (http://bit.ly/1AQYfrK) that Banner can see well enough to live outside, but a wrinkle in one lens means she has limited vision in that eye, and there is scarring from the cataracts in the other eye.

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