Beauty the Bald Eagle was slowly starving to death after a poacher shot off her upper beak three years ago.
But thanks to a team of volunteers an ARTIFICIAL BEAK has been attached to the 15-pound (7-kilogram) bird to help her grasp food.
Nate Calvin, an engineer from Boise in Idaho, designed the new beak, which will eventually be replaced with a permanent tougher one.
Jane Fink Cantwell who found the bird scrounging for food and slowly starving at a landfill in Alaska said: "A bullet had to be removed from her curved upper beak, leaving her tongue and sinuses exposed, with a stump useless for grasping food.
"Eating with her beak was like using one chopstick. She also had trouble drinking and couldn’t preen her feathers." :'(
Who the eff shoots a Bald Eagle?!?!?
This saddens me almost as much Inukshuk, an orphaned baby polar bear who lost her mom to hunters in Ontario. [Jezebel]
Info. and photo via The Sun.
I also saw this story on DListed.