Fitting Beauty the bald eagle with a prosthetic beak. Image courtesy of Janie Veltkamp.
The science of creating prosthetics, artificially created replacements for injured or missing body parts, is rapidly advancing for humans. And now, researchers are using the same technology to help injured wildlife. 3D printing is being used to create prosthetic beaks and limbs in injured birds. For people helping injured wildlife, this is a new frontier of wildlife medicine.
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