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Beauty and the Beak
In 2005, a female bald eagle was found on the brink of starvation in Alaska—her upper beak had been shattered when a poacher shot her in the face, her tongue and sinuses exposed. In a land of plenty, she was forced to scrounge for food. Raptor specialist Jane Fink Cantwell, of the Birds of Prey NorthWest in Idaho, took in the eight-year-old eagle and dubbed her “Beauty”. She was nursed back to health, but it became clear that her destroyed beak was too badly damaged to grow back. Euthanasia was recommended, but Cantwell wouldn’t give up, and soon her miracle came in the form Nate Calvin, a mechanical engineer, who offered create a prosthetic beak. He made a mould of her shattered upper mandible and laser-scanned it, which enabled him to make changes in a 3D modelling program—then, he 3D-printed it using a nylon-based polymer. A team of scientists, engineers, and medical specialists then began the installation. They fitted a titanium mount onto Beauty’s beak, then glued on the prosthetic beak using techniques similar to fitting human dentures—Calvin even employed the help of his personal dentist. Beauty was soon able to drink water and preen her feathers independently for the first time in years. New growth means that the beak must be constantly readjusted and refitted, so it isn’t yet anchored firmly enough for Beauty to return to the wild—but the technology has given her a second chance at life.
Another reason I love my dogs…they are so loyal!
By Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo! News | The Lookout– Mon, Sep 10, 2012
A heartbreaking story out of Kazakhstan: According to reports, a dog was killed while trying to save its owner from an oncoming train.
The suicidal owner had passed out on the train tracks after drinking a bottle of alcohol. According to Russian news site Ria Novosti, the man told authorities that his dog dragged him to safety. The dog wasn’t able to avoid being hit.
“Upon seeing the train, the dog started pulling its owner away,” said Aida Muldashevam, who investigated the incident. “When train drivers saw the dog on the rail tracks, they used the emergency brake.”
Unfortunately, it was too late. The dog was killed instantly, while the owner was taken to the hospital. He had two broken ribs and an injury to his shoulder.
Dogs have a well-deserved reputation for loyalty. At a funeral for a Navy SEAL who died in Afghanistan in 2011, dog Hawkeye lay by the casket during the memorial service. And in a small village in China last year, a dog remained at its owner’s grave for weeks.