Parrot With Damaged Beak Gets Second Chance at Life With New Prosthetic Beak

Parrot Prosthetic Reconstruction

A beak is as important to a bird as hands are to a human. So when a bird’s beak is damaged, it can put its life at risk because it interferes with their ability to eat, manipulate objects, climb, and protect themselves. That’s why it's a reason to celebrate when a parrot whose beak was broken got a second chance at a healthy and happy life with a recent reconstruction. The Brazil-based non-governmental organization (NGO) Renascer ACN created a prosthetic beak that is a perfect fit for the beautiful bird.

The bright green parrot was found in “a terrible condition” with its beak all but gone. Once discovered, Renascer ACN worked with veterinarian Maria Ângela Panelli Marchió—who specializes in animal orthopedics—to create a handmade plastic resin prosthesis. After attaching posts in the bird’s stumped beak, the polymethylmethacrylate material was formed into the natural shape of the parrot’s beak and then fused to the metal. The binding is meant to last; polymethylmethacrylate is an extremely durable substance that would “take a chainsaw” to remove from the parrot.

The parrot has since recovered and is able to live a normal life again. But due to its prosthesis, it can’t be returned to the wild as there is the risk of it eventually breaking because of the bird’s near-constant use of its beak.

Scroll down to see the amazing reconstruction. To learn more about how Renascer ACN helps birds and other animals, visit its Instagram or watch on YouTube.

A parrot with a broken beak got a second chance at life thanks to a prosthetic beak.

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The resin beak was made possible by animal rescue organization Renascer ACN and veterinarian Maria Ângela Panelli Marchió.

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The bird has made a full recovery and is now able to use its new beak.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Renascer ACN.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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