Beauty and the Beak

Three years after her beak was shot off by a poacher, Beauty the bald eagle reclaimed her former glory when she was fitted with a prosthetic beak on May 19, 2008 (pictured).

Rescuers had initially had little hope for the emaciated bird, found wandering an Alaska landfill in 2005, because her beak did not grow back and she had to be force-fed.

But workers at Birds of Prey Northwest near Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, who took in Beauty in 2007, worked with local engineers to design a lifelike, titanium beak that allows the eagle to drink and grasp food.

Today the revived Beauty is "an example of the cruelty and compassion of mankind," the rescue center writes on its Web site.

—Photograph by Young Kwak, AP


MarkD60 July 11, 2009 at 7:36 AM  

I wonder how they stuck it on? I wouldn't be surprised if they used tiny screws and/or epoxy!

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