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3D Printing To The Rescue; Hooded Crow Gets Beak Replacement

This was the first procedure of its kind in Europe.

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A one-year-old bird in Milan has got a new 3D printed beak, after he lost his original due to an injury sustained in the wild.

The beak was designed by Cicero Moraes, a leading graphic designer from Brazil who has previously recreated beaks for birds of other species. Six different beaks were then printed, the best of which was chosen by Dr Lorenzo Crosta, a veterinarian surgeon based in Milan. He then attached the new beak to the bird's damaged upper beak in Europe's first such procedure.

Giada, the hooded crow can now successfully eat with his new beak, but refuses to do so in front of people.

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Topics:  Surgery   3D Printing   Prosthetics 

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