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Brazilian toucan gets 3D-printed prosthetic beak

A mutilated toucan that was resuced from a wildlife animal fair in Rio de Janeiro has been fitted with a prosthetic beak made with a 3D printer.

A toucan at Parque des Aves in Brazil.
A toucan at Parque des Aves in Brazil. Image by vincentraal / CC BY-SA 2.0

It is unclear whether the female bird, named Tieta, lost the upper part of her beak after being abused by animal smugglers or during a fight with the larger toucan she was locked up with inside a box. The prosthetic beak project was coordinated by wildlife management group Instituto Vida Livre and three Brazilian universities. The plastic beak is covered with nail polish and sealed with a polymer made from a castor oil plant. Read more: bbc.com