We’ve all heard of the new revolution in 3D printers being used to help develop prosthetics, but what about injured birds?

Tieta the Toucan was left with a severely damaged beak after being mistreated.

PAY-Toucan-called-TietaTieta was rescued from an illegal market stall in Brazil, and with the help of researchers from three universities, was fitted with a brand new prosthetic beak after three months of designing.

Within a few days Tieta was happily munching away with her new beak.


Video Courtesy of CNN

The team used a template of a beak from a dead animal and with the help of a computer program adjusted it to resemble as closely as possible to the original beak.