Angry bird is back in peck condition with state-of-the-art new ...

News

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

Senior reporter

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...

This article is free to read if you register or sign in.

Sunday Times Daily

If you have already registered or subscribed, please sign in to continue.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.

Previous Article