Angry bird is back in peck condition with state-of-the-art new beak

Max the macaw’s beak was ripped off during tiffs with his pals. Then along came some innovative vets and 3D-printing tech

31 October 2021 - 18:46

In what is being hailed as ground-breaking surgery, a macaw named Max has been fitted with a 3D-printed prosthetic beak after getting into scuffles with other birds at his sanctuary.

A University of Pretoria (UP) team led by Prof Gerhard Steenkamp, a veterinary specialist in dentistry and maxillofacial, has given Max a new lease on life with the surgery that is believed to be the first of its sort in SA...

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