Goose with severe injuries gets world’s first prosthetic beak

Early in 2016 the Brazilian biologist Christian Negrao came across a very troubling sight that no animal lover would ever want to see.

It was a goose whose entire beak had been ripped off. Christian decided to take the poor bird to the "Animal Avengers", a group of animals lovers and vets based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The "Avengers" came together in early 2015 and have since been using their own financial resources to save the lives of animals with severe injuries.


The wounded goose’s name was Vitoria and it appeared that a dog had bitten off her beak. Without it she was not able to eat properly and was losing weight at an alarming rate. Fearing that Vitoria would soon die, her rescuers contacted Cicero Moraes, a 3D designer who came up with a brilliant idea. He designed a prosthetic beak and used a 3D printer to create it. It was the first of its kind in the entire world.

The veterinarians at "Animal Avengers" worked hard to keep Vitoria alive.

And soon she received her new prosthetic beak!

Almost a year later, Vitoria’s life is looking better than ever. She has come back from the brink of death and has even found love in the animal shelter where she made her recovery. Her mate is a male goose called Vitorio and the two of them are now the proud parents of two little goslings! Let’s hope the feathered couple enjoy many more happy years together. And thanks to heros like Cicero Moraes and the Animal Avengers, they now have a very good chance of doing just that.


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