February 28, 2021

Prosthetic Beak Gives Parrot a Second Chance in Life

A parrot was given a second chance in life by Brazil-based non-governmental organization Renascer ACN, which created a prosthetic beak for him after he was damaged.

A beak is as important to a bird as hands are to a human. When a bird’s beak is damaged, it can put its life at risk because it interferes with their ability to eat, manipulate objects, climb, and protect themselves.

This bright green parrot was found in a very bad condition with his beak all gone. Once he was found by the NGO, they worked with the veterinarian Maria Ângela Panelli Marchió, who specializes in animal orthopedics, to make a plastic prosthesis beak for the poor parrot.

After attaching posts in the bird’s stumped beak, the polymethylmethacrylate material was formed into the natural shape of the parrot’s beak and then fused to the metal. The binding is meant to last; polymethylmethacrylate is an extremely durable substance that would “take a chainsaw” to remove from the parrot.

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The parrot has since recovered and is able to live a normal life again. But due to its prosthesis, it can’t be returned to the wild as there is the risk of it eventually breaking because of the bird’s near-constant use of its beak.

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