Parrot found abandoned in Brazil gets radical new titaniam beak implant

A parrot has been given the world's first prosthetic beak thanks to brand new technology that was pioneered in Brazil.

Gigi was initially found abandoned in an estate in Sao Paulo and had a rare condition that meant her beak would not stop growing and became deformed, making it difficult for her to eat.

But vets in Brazil have now fitted her with a beak made from titanium, attached with blue and green screws, allowing her to eat properly for the first time since she was rescued.

A parrot has been given the world's first prosthetic beak thanks to brand new technology pioneered in Brazil
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A parrot has been given the world's first prosthetic beak thanks to brand new technology pioneered in Brazil

Gigi was initially found abandoned in an estate in Sao Paulo and had a rare condition that meant her beak would not stop growing and became deformed, making it difficult for her to eat

Gigi was initially found abandoned in an estate in Sao Paulo and had a rare condition that meant her beak would not stop growing and became deformed, making it difficult for her to eat

But vets in Brazil have now fitted her with a beak made from titanium, attached with blue and green screws, allowing her to eat properly for the first time since she was rescued

But vets in Brazil have now fitted her with a beak made from titanium, attached with blue and green screws, allowing her to eat properly for the first time since she was rescued

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Touching footage shows her chewing on a snack after the operation, described as a 'historic moment' by 3D designer Cícero Moraes.

Vets had initially thought about fitting a plastic beak, but quickly realised that it wouldn't be hard enough to devour the tough food that macaws like to eat.

A 3D design team then came together to create a model of what her beak should look like digitally, and used a 3D printer to create it.

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They then removed some of her own oversized bill and fastened the titanium model to what was left of her natural beak with coloured screws.

Within 48 hours of the operation, Gigi was chewing on food unaided and is now recovering at the Center for Research and Screening of Wild Animals at Unimonte, in Santos, Sau Paulo.

The center posted the video of her eating, with the words: 'Thanks to the commitment of all involved here in our center of sorting, our dear gigi recovers super well, without presenting any difficulty.'

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Within 48 hours of the operation, Gigi was chewing on food unaided and is now recovering at the Center for Research and Screening of Wild Animals at Unimonte, in Santos, Sau Paulo

Within 48 hours of the operation, Gigi was chewing on food unaided and is now recovering at the Center for Research and Screening of Wild Animals at Unimonte, in Santos, Sau Paulo

As well as using the new beak to eat, she was using it to climb the cage in the touching footage posted by the center, which said she is recovering well from the operation

As well as using the new beak to eat, she was using it to climb the cage in the touching footage posted by the center, which said she is recovering well from the operation

The parrot has been kept in captivity so long that is unlikely she would survive in the wild, so the center is now looking for a zoo that would take the macaw in.

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Many were touched by Gigi's story, posting messages of support on the Facebook page.

Angélica Mocelin Polak wrote: 'Congratulations on the beautiful work, I don't know what caused the trauma of beak but it must be something by a human being.

'But I'm even crying just reading this story, I've only seen this video, but just knowing there is people like your team is helping.'

Fernanda Picoli J Cruz wrote: 'Congratulations to all. My heart leaps with joy to see her happiness and we owe that to this competent team.'

It pays to be a lap dog. Three dogs (from First Class cabins!) survived the sinking of the Titanic – two Pomeranians and one Pekingese.