Artificial Beak for Bald Eagle

Beauty is an Alaskan bald eagle whose beak was shot off several years ago. She was found in 2005, unable to properly hunt or eat. She was taken to a refuge, but her beak did not grow back. Now she will get a new one!
"For Beauty it's like using only one chopstick to eat. It can't be done" said biologist Jane Fink Cantwell, who operates a raptor recovery center in this Idaho Panhandle town. "She has trouble drinking. She can't preen her feathers. That's all about to change."

Cantwell has spent the past two years assembling a team to design and build an artificial beak. They plan to attach it to Beauty next month. With the beak, the 7-year-old bald eagle could live to the age of 50, although not in the wild.

"She could not survive in the wild without human intervention," Cantwell said.

The nylon-composite beak will be glued on, so it won’t be strong enough to rip flesh like a normal eagle, but will allow her to drink normally and eat food she is given. Link -via Digg

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I found an orphaned duckling about 20 years ago and took it to a retired vet who was recommended by the Audubon Society. He and his wife had a garage filled with Cockatoos and Cockateels and a houseful of other birds. They showed me pictures of a duck whose bill the vet had reconstructed using dental materials. It wasn't pretty but it was functional. However, ducks don't usually have to rip flesh. Usually.
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L.C. really has a point. Humanity sucks in general. We've shot animals for fun, we fight over religion, we're ruining the atmosphere...frankly, I think the Earth would do better with us in the pre-stone age...

For Beauty, she's a lucky one. I hope Neatorama follows her progress.
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L.C. says "People suck". Do you mean the people taking the insanely great care of this eagle to give it a new beak? Or do you mean the hunter who fired a shot at it? Or perhaps you're just a human-hater who thinks virtually any action that isn't in harmony with "Goddess Gaia" and all her wonderful creations is a crime?
With those two words L.C. you seem to poetically point out one of the "eternal truths" of humanity - and simultaneously place yourself in the "suck" section.
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