As hands are important for humans so are beaks important to a bird. But when a bird’s beak is damaged it can be life threatening because it interferes with their ability to eat, manipulate objects, climb, and protect themselves.
As years have gone by medicine and treatments have developed not only for humans but also for our furry and feathery friends.
After an adorable parrot damaged his beak, he was in desperate need of a fix to ensure his survival. The bright green parrot was found in “a terrible condition” with its beak completely gone, but we finally celebrate his second chance at a healthy and happy life with a recent reconstruction.
The Brazil-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) Renascer ACN in collaboration with veterinarian Maria Ângela Panelli Marchió who specialises in animal orthopedics, created a prosthetic beak that is a perfect fit for the beautiful bird. The team created a handmade plastic resin prosthesis.
During the surgery, the team attached posts in the bird’s stumped beak. Thereafter the polymethylmethacrylate material was formed into the natural shape of the parrot’s beak and fused to the metal.
Polymethylmethacrylate was chosen due to fact that it is an extremely durable substance and would last a life time of chewing, climbing and defending.
Since the successful recovery, the adorable parrot has recovered and is able to live a normal life again. But due to its prosthesis the parrot is not free to return to the wild by itself as there is still a risk that the beak may break because of the bird’s near-constant use of its beak.