Scientists 3-D Print A New Beak For This Mistreated Toucan
Researchers from three Brazilian universities teamed up to design a prosthetic beak for a toucan that was likely abused.By Ryan Biek | August 25, 2015
In a great act of kindness and science, researchers at three Brazilian universities recreated the upper portion of a toucan's beak after hers was severely damaged. (Video via Instituto Vida Livre)
The toucan, named Tieta, was rescued from an illegal animal market. How she lost the top of her beak is unclear, but it was likely due to abuse by smugglers.
Without her beak, Tieta was mostly dependent on others to feed her.