Angry bird is back in peck condition with state-of-the-art new beak
Macaw’s beak was ripped off during tiffs with his pals. Then along came some innovative vets and 3D-printing tech
In what is being hailed as ground-breaking surgery, a macaw named Max has been fitted with a 3D-printed prosthetic beak after getting into scuffles with other birds at his sanctuary.
A University of Pretoria (UP) team led by Prof Gerhard Steenkamp, a veterinary specialist in dentistry and maxillofacial, has given Max a new lease on life with the surgery that is believed to be the first of its sort in SA.
The blue and gold macaw from a bird sanctuary in the Western Cape received a fully functional 3D-printed prosthetic beak after getting into two scuffles with other macaws, during which his beak was first damaged, then ripped off...