Is there anything more majestic than a bald eagle? It’s difficult to imagine that anyone could want to hurt one.
Beauty is an adult female bald eagle who was found scavenging for food in a landfill in Alaska. Although there was plenty of food in the landfill, she was wasting away as her beak was severely damaged after an unfortunate encounter with a cruel poacher. Without her beak, her chances of survival in the wild were nil – she was unable to eat properly or preen, leaving her dying of starvation.
She was lucky to be found, and taken in by rescuers who fed her and nursed her back to health. However, things looked bleak when it was discovered that her beak was too damaged to ever grow back, and she was in danger of being euthanized.
Nate Calvin, a mechanical engineer, heard Beauty’s story and was determined to help. He was able to scan Beauty’s beak and 3D print a prosthesis for her. It took a few tries to file it down to fit, but Beauty’s new beak looks like it was always a part of her!
The prosthetic beak isn’t anchored securely enough for Beauty to be returned to the wild, but she can feed herself and preen again! The people at Birds of Prey Northwest are happy to have her and continue caring for her!