MIAMI — A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre attack alongside a busy South Florida highway is in good spirits, talking and walking with the help of hospital staff, doctors said Tuesday.

Ronald Poppo’s left eye was removed, but doctors are trying to find a way to restore vision in his right eye. He will likely remain at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center for several more weeks and will need more surgeries before he can explore the options for reconstructing his face.

Poppo, 65, is aware of the media coverage the attack has generated.

“He’s pleased to report to all of you that he’s feeling well, he’s eating, he’s walking around with physical therapy, he’s talking with us,” said Nicholas Namias, a University of Miami trauma surgeon.